Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

National Football League notebook: Browns shake things up, make 3 trades


The Bill have six draft picks within the first three rounds, including five within the first 65 selections, and nine total picks after the trade of quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns.

With the Cleveland potentially not in as dire need of a franchise quarterback, it's highly possible that the Browns could elect to select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley or NC State pass rusher Bradley Chubb with the first overall pick.

Shortly after acquiring Landry and Taylor from Miami and Buffalo, Cleveland shipped 2017 second-round pick and former Toledo Catholic and Notre Dame standout DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers for Damarious Randall. Cleveland is sending its first pick in the third round to Buffalo, the sources said.

Without debating the merits of the trades themselves, we can dive into the kinds of players the Browns acquired with these moves. But more to the point-the Browns have a lot of talent on this roster.

Smith, 29, caught 36 passes for 430 yards with two touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Eagles in 2017, adding 13 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown in the postseason.

As I posted on my Facebook shortly after the two deals they landed the ideal bridge quarterback in Taylor and may have also showed their hand as to what their draft plans may be.

But suddenly, the Browns have the look and a real football GM running the show in Dorsey that is going all out in getting real football players, instead of betting on analytics and numbers.

The Browns are also working on a new contract for Landry, and a deal is expected to get done, according to a source.

As a rookie, he allowed 58.2 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught, and they went for an average of 16.7 yards, but he had four picks and 11 pass breakups. Late last season, he had an on-field shouting match with Dolphins coach Adam Gase and was ejected from the finale for his instigating a fight with the Buffalo Bills.

Only Antonio Brown (471) and Julio Jones (411) have more receptions than Landry's 400 since he debuted in the National Football League in 2014. If finding play-making defensive backs were easy, 70 such rookie prospects - 70! - wouldn't have been invited to work out at the Scouting Combine on Monday.

The Colts offensive line surrendered the most sacks (56) and the 6th most QB hits (113) last season, and it's the same unit that started the likes of Jeremy Vujnovich, Le'Raven Clark, and Kyle Kalis at offensive guard this past season among others.

In many ways, Landry is the wide receiver equivalent of Taylor, in terms of how he polarizes opinion. 21 and 22), two second-rounders (Nos.

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