Things appear to be getting serious.
With less than 36 hours to the NFL Draft, reports are coming from NFL Network that the Browns are laying the ground work for a trade up, presumably from their 12th overall pick to draft a quarterback. This report would seem to support what The OBR's Lane Adkins has also reported, which is the Browns have talked with "numerous" teams about potentially trading into the top 10.
NFL Network's Michael Silver reported on Tuesday's 'Up to the Minute Live' segment Tuesday that the Browns have spoken with at least "three teams in the top eight" about trading up.
"The Browns have been doing their due diligence and investigating the possibility," Silver said. "I've learned that at least three teams in the top eight have been contacted by the Browns and discussions have taken place about the prospect of moving up. Now this is something that would likely happen in real time when these teams were on the clock because obviously if the target is Mitchell Trubisky and he goes earlier than expected, then those discussions would be moot.
"The Browns could still take Trubisky at No. 1," Silver said. "They could still trade down and try to take him a little lower than one. The more likely scenario right now would be trying to use that 12th pick and get up a little higher to get the quarterback of the future."
On Wednesday, Silver updated his report to four teams in the top eight.
The Browns are still expected to select Texas A & M edge rusher, Myles Garrett with the top pick and then try to trade up for a quarterback, whether that be Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes or DeShone Kizer, although Trubisky and/or Watson are believed to be the top targets. Several of the teams ahead of the Browns are linked to some of the quarterbacks in the draft and if the Browns feel they need to move up, they will likely try to find a partner to do so.
The order after the Browns at No.1 is: 2-49ers, 3-Bears, 4-Jaguars, 5-Titans, 6-Jets, 7-Chargers, 8-Panthers, 9-Bengals, 10-Bills and 11-Saints.