Browns may seek No. 1 pick

Published 2:25 am Friday, April 16, 2010

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns have kicked around the possibility of drafting a quarterback in next week’s NFL draft.

Maybe the best one.

General manager Tom Heckert said Thursday that the team has talked to the St. Louis Rams about a trade that would get Cleveland the No. 1 overall pick, a selection the Browns would use to take Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

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The Browns currently own the No. 7 pick and have five of the first 92 selections, so it’s realistic they could put together an attractive package to entice the Rams into making a deal.

“We’ve actually played a little phone tag,” Heckert said. “We’ve talked to them throughout the process and have been at workouts with the Rams people and kind of mentioned stuff to them. Just talks. We’ve talked to all the teams ahead of us and all the teams immediately behind us.”

Bradford is the cream of a QB crop that includes Colt McCoy, Jimmy Clausen and Tim Tebow. Bradford was the only one of those four who didn’t visit the Browns, but only because he had previously scheduled visits and couldn’t fit them into his travel itinerary.

The Browns attended Bradford’s pro day on campus, and like everyone else who was there, came away impressed with everything they saw.

“He’s the whole package,” Browns president Mike Holmgren said. “Whoever gets him is going to be a lucky team.”