New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey called this a “pivotal” offseason for the franchise and is open to all possibilities with the team’s top picks in the 2018 NFL Draft next month.
That includes potentially trading the No. 1 or No. 4 overall picks the Browns currently hold.
“My door is wide open,” Dorsey said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday when asked if he would consider trading one or both picks to acquire more selections. “My job is to do what’s best for the organization, and I’m going to do that.”
Part of the process in determining what to do with the No. 1 overall pick is evaluating the long-term potential of 2017 rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, who threw for 2,894 yards and 11 touchdowns with 22 interceptions in 15 starts last season.
Dorsey is a strong believer in the “exponential improvement” that quarterbacks can make during a full offseason between their first and second seasons. So he declined to so much as hint on Thursday how strongly the Browns are considering using the No. 1 overall pick on one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.
“There’s a lot of things I could do at No. 1,” Dorsey said. “Right now we’re early in the process. You can’t have enough good football players.”
–Dorsey is not pressing left tackle Joe Thomas to make a decision about whether he will return in 2018. The 33-year-old is continuing his rehabilitation from a torn triceps while considering whether or not to retire after 11 NFL seasons.
“We have had a number of conversations,” Dorsey said. “He deserves a little bit of respect, and when the time comes for the proper decision, he’ll make it.”
–Derek Harper, Field Level Media