BEREA, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns took the 2016 NFL Draft by storm Wednesday when they traded their number two overall pick to the Eagles. In exchange for the pick, the Browns get Philadelphia's first-round pick at number eight, third-round pick at 77, fourth-round pick at 100 and future draft picks as well.
Thursday, V.P. of Football Operations Sashi Brown explained the moves to the media.
"It's more than the quarterbacks that are at the top of this draft," Brown said.
Choosing to give up their high pick was a group decision. Something the team thought about for a while.
"We had a great process and good discussion with everyone. That's how we really make decisions here. It doesn't mean we're going to get them all right by no means. We've taken first round QBs and those haven't panned out. There's no guarantee even if you take a quarterback in the first or second pick," Brown explained. "We feel like we going to get some very good players even outside the first and second round. We don't want to get to a point where we're taking a lesser talent just to fill a roster spot. Even after the draft we'll be filling the roster with 10-plus players. We are well aware of the quality versus quantity adage."
During Thursday's news conference, Brown made it clear that even though they were able acquire Robert Griffin III in the offseason, he is not their starting quarterback.
"Robert is not even our starting QB, he has to earn that spot. This was the right choice in building our roster. We have four quarterbacks competing to become our quarterback; Robert Griffin III, Connor Shaw, Josh McCown and Austin Davis. We felt like this was the better bet," said Brown.
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