Browns have zeroed in on choice with No. 1 draft pick

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Still, Cleveland wouldn't be the first team to talk itself into reaching for a quarterback.

Pro Football Focus: Garrett has the skills to be an elite pass-rusher at the next level as he can win a variety of ways and there's still room to improve his power.

The Jay Cutler era is officially over in the Windy City, and the Chicago Bears will move on with the newly acquired Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.

In 2014 with the 22nd overall pick it was Jonny Manziel. However, Jones struggles staying in position on the field.

The Browns add at least 1 more Day 2 pick (Rd 2 or 3). Pace put together a strong draft class past year, with Leonard Floyd, Cody Whitehair and Jordan Howard leading the way.

If Joe Haden were running the Browns draft on April 27 he would select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the first overall pick.

That's not really a new take by Thomas. However, is the team? The reality is, Cody Kessler did not do all that bad past year.

Of course, any comment at this time of year should be taken with a grain of salt.

While Dalvin Cook is clearly a first-rounder based on talent alone, there are some teams who simply don't believe he is worth a first-round investment. Reports out of the city have stated that their decision is down to Garrett and North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky.

On most draft boards, analysts have Watson listed as the No. 1 or No. 2 rated quarterback in the draft, especially after a stellar 2016 season for the Tigers. Additionally, aging greats Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles are still available, and this could influence the landing spots of the heralded running back draft class. If not, Tight End O.J Howard from Alabama is the move. Jumping ahead of teams such as the Buffalo Bills and New Orlean Saints who have been also linked to quarterbacks might or might not be a concern.

That means the Browns would have to deal the 12th pick and another later pick - they have eight total first- and second-round picks in 2017 and 2018 - to leapfrog several teams to get Trubisky.

Meanwhile, the Jets could also use som help in the secondary.

A pivotal Browns figure is a San Diegan, La Jolla resident Paul DePodesta, a former Padres exec who is in his second offseason with Cleveland's front office.

After spending time covering the NFL Combine, talking to many people that cover teams around the league, work in the league or work for players, I try to work through the smoke for nuggets of truth.