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NFL Rumor Central: Browns targeting Connor Cook?

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The Cleveland Browns passed on an opportunity to take one of the draft's top two quarterbacks -- Cal's Jared Goff or North Dakota State's Carson Wentz -- when they traded down to No. 8 last week. Perhaps they have a different QB in mind?

Citing NFL sources, Fox Sports' Alex Marvez tweeted Tuesday evening to "keep [an] eye on" Cleveland trading down again and taking Michigan State QB Connor Cook "later in [the] first round." However, it's unclear how far back in the draft order that potential move would be.

ESPN's Pat McManamon hears that if they trade down, the Browns are most likely to land in the mid teens, which might be too high for Cook and could instead lead to them taking a wide receiver. In that scenario, they could target Cook with the first pick of Round 2 (No. 32 overall) or in a trade-up into the mid 20s.

Head coach Hue Jackson suggested last week that the Browns might like another QB more than Goff or Wentz, saying: "Everybody keeps talking about two of the best quarterbacks in the draft. No one knows that, right? No one really knows that."

Memphis' Paxton Lynch has widely been considered the favorite to be the third quarterback taken, but ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both grade Cook slightly higher on their respective boards.