Browns Zeroing In On Deshaun Watson At 12?

The Browns could be hoping to land the draft’s No. 1 prospect and address a gargantuan need with both of their first-round picks in the upcoming draft. Cleveland is enamored with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson but not with the No. 1 overall pick, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report notes. Instead, the Browns are eyeing the national champion signal-caller with the second of their two first-round selections.

Cleveland, of course, holds the No. 1 overall pick but may be hoping to grab both Myles Garrett and Watson in Round 1. A GM and multiple scouts point to the Browns’ brass planning a potential Watson pick at No. 12, the selection they obtained from the Eagles as part of the teams’ Carson Wentz-fronted deal last year.

Connected to multiple quarterbacks — with a previous report pointing to a potential homecoming for Cleveland-area product Mitch Trubiskyand Garrett, the Browns are becoming difficult to pin down thus far, especially after their showing in last year’s draft. Cleveland traded out of its first-round window on multiple occasions to stockpile picks yet passed on the draft’s top two quarterbacks in Jared Goff and Wentz before ultimately taking Cody Kessler in the third round. Miller notes the Browns may have seen something in Watson they did not in the coveted 2016 passers.

While quarterbacks’ stocks generally rise in the months between the season and the draft due to the scarcity of high-end talent at the position, Miller writes the Browns might not have to trade up for Watson. That runs counter to most drafts, but ESPN.com’s Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t have Watson in the top 25 on his big board (ESPN Insider link). The longtime draft guru does project the two-time Heisman finalist going to the Bills at No. 10 in his initial 2017 mock draft (Insider link), so it’s far from certain Watson would fall out of the top 10 in order for the Browns to select him without trading up.

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