Browns Make Two Blockbuster Trades

Browns trade for Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor

Cleveland Browns' GM John Dorsey. Photo by Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports.

Cleveland Browns General Manager John Dorsey has a reason to be smiling, and he is certainly becoming a household name for Cleveland fans. The new GM has pulled off two shocking trades today alone, setting the Browns up for success in the near future. Earlier today, Dorsey traded two draft picks (not specified yet, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports they are not first or second round picks) for former Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry.

That’s a pretty impressive move from the Browns, who before today were tied for the most picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Landry caught 112 passes last year, most in the NFL, while the top five Browns’ receivers combined for 113. An instant upgrade to a solid receiving corps.

Landry joins Josh Gordon, and Corey Coleman who can be very good if healthy. Not to mention David Njoku at Tight End and a RB/WR weapon in Duke Johnson. As many people loved to point out on Twitter, who is going to throw him the ball? Well John Dorsey figured that out too.

Tyrod Taylor gives the Browns a veteran QB who can play the role of stop-gap Quarterback. Taylor is an immediate upgrade over DeShone Kizer and whomever the Browns will draft in late April. It also gives the Browns the option with their #1 pick in the draft, to select someone other than a Quarterback.

The common thought is that the Browns need a Quarterback more than anything, and they need to take one with the first pick. Now they can take the best player in the draft, Running Back Saquon Barkley out of Penn State, and wait until the #4 pick where they can take their QB of the future.

The Browns can wait for #4 and still get one of the top Quarterbacks in the draft. Assuming they take Barkley at #1, they will be able to select one of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or Baker Mayfield at #4. Tyrod Taylor can be the stop-gap QB while the Browns groom whomever they draft at #4.

The Browns already have a top ten Offensive Line, and the Defense was in the top five of all-time last year in stopping the run. Now, the Browns offense could come alive this fall with Tyrod Taylor, Saquon Barkley, Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon and David Njoku. Not to mention other talented players they can go after in free agency or the NFL Draft.

Are things turning around for the Cleveland Browns? It’s easy to say so in the off-season, but at this point they seem to be heading in the right direction.

UPDATE 6:45pm ET

The Browns have made ANOTHER trade, trading away QB DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers for Cornerback Damarious Randall

The Browns have made all these trades and still have free agency and 4 draft picks in the top 35 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.