For all the rumors and speculation, there’s a decent chance that the Cleveland Browns will draft Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday and then look to move up from No. 12 to draft a quarterback, most likely Mitchell Trubisky.
There’s just one problem: Four teams, possibly five, picking in the top six need quarterbacks.
“If you’re Cleveland and you’re going to (trade up to) 2 or 3 for a quarterback, then you should probably just take him first overall,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Tennessee, (with the fifth pick), is completely open for business. You got to remember what they did last year. They could sit out the quarterback bonanza and trade down because they already have (Marcus) Mariota. They already have a pick at 18. They like a lot of defensive backs in this draft. You don’t have to be in the top five to get a very good defensive back.”
The Jets pick sixth and would likely take Trubisky if he’s still available. That means Cleveland would have to trade with the Jets – or with the Titans, Jaguars, Bears or 49ers – to jump ahead of them.
“I think Trubisky goes fifth or sixth,” La Canfora said. “It could be via trade, or it could be with the Jets staying put. I think (the Jets) will take Trubisky if he’s there.”
The 49ers, meanwhile, also need a quarterback. There’s just one problem: They need just about everything. Thus, San Francisco is unlikely to use the No. 2 overall pick on a quarterback, especially with Kirk Cousins’ days in Washington potentially numbered.
Either way, head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have a monumental task in front of them.
“They’ve got to rebuild an entire culture,” La Canfora said. “That franchise, it’s sad how far it’s fallen. Their roster may be worse than the Cleveland Browns. You can make the case that they have the worst talent in the NFL across the board. That’s why they’re so interested in moving down. They don’t think Mitch Trubisky solves all of their problems. They’ve got one eye on the Washington situation with Kirk Cousins. He’s an unrestricted free agent next year, and they need help all over the place. They have no real skill players. The running back (Carlos Hyde) might be okay, but he’s been beat up a lot, hurt a lot early in his career. They don’t have pass-catchers. They need a tight end. They could use an offensive lineman. The one area where I think they’re kind of okay is D-Line.”
Unfortunately for the 49ers, Alabama defensive end prospect Jonathan Allen could be the best non-Garrett prospect in the draft.
“Jonathan Allen might make the most sense for them, but they’re actually kind of sort of okay in the D-Line,” La Canfora said. “They could drop down to 7 or 8 and get (Malik) Hooker and pick up three or four other picks who are potential starters. That’s what they want to do. I just think they’re sitting in the wrong spot. This is the wrong year to be at 2. If this was a Mariota/Winston year or a Luck/Griffin year or even a Goff/Wentz year, sitting at 2 is a bonanza. But unfortunately for them, that’s not how this draft is shaping up.”