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Mock draft 7.0: A new name enters the Browns' conversation at No. 33

Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.

As we head into the homestretch of the draft season – only two mock drafts still to come – a few things have become evident about the Browns.

They are not 100 percent sold on Myles Garrett as the No. 1 pick. Maybe it’s 98 percent, but that 2 percent of doubt leaves open the possibility of trade – if a ridiculous offer comes their way. But so far no team has been linked as a legitimate trade partner.

The other assumption at this late stage is the Browns have tabbed Mitch Trubisky as the quarterback they rank ahead of the others. A few secondary sources have confirmed to ESPN Cleveland that Trubisky, the native of Mentor, is the top quarterback on the Browns’ draft board.

All of which would make a Garrett-Trubisky tandem in the Browns’ first round a home run draft. In this scenario, that is what transpired.

The Browns might be wary of Trubisky going to the Bears at No. 3 or the Jets at No. 6. If they absolutely can’t live without him, they may opt to research trade considerations to assure themselves of securing Trubisky after the No. 1 selection of Garrett.

If the Browns do trade up to secure Trubisky – at the cost of a high future pick – it would be quite a departure from their philosophy of a year ago.

1. Browns: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

Note to Browns: Take a deep breath. You can do this.

2. San Francisco: DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford

49ers see his NFL comp twice a year – Rams’ Aaron Donald.

3. Chicago: DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama

If you need help at both, doesn’t defensive line trump secondary?

4. Jacksonville: RB Leonard Fournette, Louisiana State

Would Tom Coughlin go quarterback here? Naw? Not this week.

5. Tennessee: S Jamal Adams, Louisiana State

Some consider him the second-best player in the draft.

6. N.Y. Jets: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

This pick may solidify Sam Darnold No. 1 in 2018.

7. L.A. Chargers: FS Malik Hooker, Ohio State

This is not a difficult decision, people.

8. Carolina: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

He can fill a lot of offensive roles.

9. Cincinnati: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama

This keeps coming back as the best thing to do.

10. Buffalo: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

Second top 10 pick in four drafts on a wide receiver.

11. New Orleans: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee

12. Browns: QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina

Browns coaches, analytics staff sing “Kumbaya” well into the night.

13. Arizona: QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

14. Philadelphia: CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

15. Indianapolis: LB Haason Reddick, Temple

16. Baltimore: WR Mike Williams, Clemson

17. Washington: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

18. Tennessee: TE David Njoku, Miami

19. Tampa Bay: OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin

20. Denver: OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

21. Detroit: LB Jarrad Davis, Florida

22. Miami: S Jabril Peppers, Michigan

23. N.Y. Giants: OG Cam Robinson, Alabama

24. Oakland: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama

25. Houston: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

26. Seattle: CB Kevin King, Washington

27. Kansas City: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson

28. Dallas: LB Charles Harris, Missouri

29. Green Bay: CB Tra'Davius White, Louisiana State

30. Pittsburgh: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan

31. Atlanta: DE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA

32. New Orleans: DE Carl Lawson, Auburn

33. Browns: TE Evan Engram, Mississippi

Upgrade at tight end is essential.