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Browns LT Joe Thomas says Tyrod Taylor 'reminds me of Russell Wilson'

Sept 24 2017 Green Bay WS USA Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall celebrates tackling Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon for a loss during the game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit Dan Powers  The Post-Crescent Browns LT Joe Thomas says Tyrod Taylor 'reminds me of Russell Wilson'
Kristopher Love | 13 March, 2018, 06:45

Thomas, 33, was selected by Cleveland with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

That jump-the-gun scenario is entirely possibly, but it's certainly not set in stone. Despite NFL free agency [VIDEO], the main period where off-season moves occur, starting on March 14, the Browns got a headstart by conducting three trades recently.

In exchange, Cleveland traded away a 2018 third-round pick, two 2018 fourth-round picks, a 2018 fifth-round pick, a 2019 seventh-round pick, and quarterback DeShone Kizer. That's how Friday's flurry of action kicked off. Or, they could package the pick with other assets to jump to the top of the draft and select a franchise quarterback, something the team is now very obviously in the market of doing after the Taylor trade. It showed the Texans what the future held both for Watson and their team.

"You grow up as a little kid dreaming of playing in the NFL", Barkley said. The deal could still fall through, as we saw a year ago, but a wide receiver corps of Landry, Gordon, and Coleman is a nice start. A rookie last season, Kizer was arguably the worst quarterback in the National Football League as he completed just 53% of his passes while throwing a whopping 22 interceptions. The last image we have of him, of course, is leaving that playoff game with a concussion, but Taylor started 43 of a possible 48 games during three seasons in Buffalo.

That said, crazier things have happened during the draft, especially with the Browns. The question now is whether they can find enough players worth spending it on. Landry and Josh Gordon will make a potent wide receiver duo.

The additions of Taylor and Landry certainly must have thrilled new Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was sacked in Pittsburgh following the Steelers' divisional-round playoff loss. He played in 39 games over three seasons. Getting Taylor gives them a vet who can still make plays while letting the rookie sit.

The Bills, who own the 21st and 22nd picks, have the ammo to move into the top 5, meaning they could swipe a quarterback coveted by the Jets (if they don't land Cousins). While inheriting the stockpile of draft picks Sashi Brown acquired during his tenure in Cleveland, Dorsey vowed to make changes to the organization, and boy did he. I still think the Browns will pick a quarterback; Taylor is only a one-year bridge.

Browns GM John Dorsey has had an eventful weekend.

It was just one year ago when the Packers abstained from resigning Micah Hyde, who went on to become one of the NFL's most-productive safeties. Landry is likely to get a long-term deal from the team soon and Taylor brings a $16 million cap hit if he doesn't receive a new contract soon.