Hue Jackson: Browns will not trade number one overall pick

By Ron Clements 29 March 2017 280
Hue Jackson: Browns will not trade number one overall pick

Hue Jackson did not give any hints over whom the Cleveland Browns might select at the top of next month's NFL Draft but said they will not trade their number one overall pick.

When asked at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix if the Browns would consider letting the top overall pick go, coach Jackson emphatically said that will not happen.

"I can tell you no on that one," he told reporters on Tuesday.

Jackson told NFL Network that Brock Osweiler, acquired in a trade from the Texans on March 9, will be treated as a Browns quarterback "until he's not."

"I’m not saying we can't make something out of Brock Osweiler," he told reporters during Tuesday's AFC coaches breakfast.

"Maybe we can. I've never had an opportunity to work with him. But what I want to do at some point in time is put a quarterback on our football team that we all feel very comfortable with, that we feel can be everything that we want him to be and I’m not saying any of the guys can’t be that yet.

"But we need to go do this in a way that we feel comfortable with."

The only other quarterbacks still on the Browns' roster are Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. Jackson added the Browns will do everything they can to find the team's starting quarterback, but that does not mean trading away the top pick.

"Until we have the guy that we feel comfortable with that will be the face of our franchise, and play QB the way we want them to play, we’re going to keep searching," Jackson said. "There’s the draft that’s coming up. There’s trade opportunities hopefully. We’ll exhaust every opportunity."

While Jackson would not comment on New England Patriots back-up Jimmy Garoppolo, he did make clear the Browns are not interested in former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. 

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to go number one overall. The Browns also hold the 12th overall pick and could go quarterback there with Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky all possibilities.

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