Browns GM Berry Happy To Remain At 26 In The Draft; Or Comfortable Moving Out Of Round One

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Fans have been praising the offseason for the Browns to this point, and if there’s one name who is getting plenty of love it’s general manager Andrew Berry.

Berry sits with pick 26 for Thursday’s draft, hosted in of all places this year – Cleveland.

Usually the 26th pick of the draft is going to wind up in the Hall of Fame, but at the same time you can add a piece that can at some point can be impactful for the team.

Berry’s job will be either likely to grab the best player available, or if there’s an offer on the table, move out of round one.

The team really doesn’t need to go make any sort of drastic move at this point, as the team really should stay the course and draft the best player left at 26.

“In general, how I view the draft is [we’re] really trying to maximize the long-term impact on our roster,’’ Berry said. “It’s less about filling a need or some level of instant gratification on the roster and more about a longer-term focus on the team.

“That all being said, I like where we’re picking, and not just at 26 but at 59, 89, 91, 110 and so forth.

“There are plenty of opportunities where we can add young players who can grow with us over the next several years. About moving off of the pick, the positioning in this draft allows us to be very flexible, whether that is moving up, down or sitting and picking. Largely, that will be dictated by how the board falls ahead of us. I think we have a lot of flexibility going into Thursday night.”

We will see if the team has that flexability after making a deal, or is just happy with whoever they end up with.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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