By Lewis Gould
If you’re an Eagles fan who thinks they gave away the store to get the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, quarterback Carson Wentz (above):
The Cleveland Browns agree with you!
The Browns were surely considering giving up the pick in a trade to move down from the No. 2.
And then the Eagles made an offer the Browns couldn’t refuse.
“We were pleased with it,” Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown told Cleveland.com. “I was a little surprised we got as much as we did.”
The Eagles traded away two first-round picks, one second-round pick, one third-round pick and one fourth-round pick in the deal for the Browns’ No. 2 overall pick as well as one of the Browns’ 2017 fourth-round compensatory picks.
In an appearance on “PFT Live” two weeks ago, Brown acknowledged that it’s possible they could end up regretting the trade, if the player they would have chosen at No. 2 turns out to be an All-Pro. But Brown said they’re pleased with what they were able to acquire from the Eagles.
“We were able to come away with what should be the foundation of the championship team that we’re going to build,” Brown said.
There’s no doubt that the Browns have the foundation of what could be a championship team: This year they had a league-high 14 draft picks, and next year they have the Eagles’ first-round pick, the Titans’ second-round pick and likely multiple compensatory picks. They also have the Eagles’ second-round pick in 2018. The question is whether they’ll choose wisely with all those draft picks. That’s Brown’s job.