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Saturday, April 25, 2009
No surprise: Browns trade down

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- Talk about irony.

The Cleveland Browns and new coach Eric Mangini have worked out the first trade of the NFL draft with Mangini's former team in the New York Jets. With the No. 5 overall pick, the Jets selected former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The Browns coveted draft picks much more than they did any particular player in this draft. Behind the scenes, Cleveland did its best to drum up interest in Sanchez the past couple of weeks and it turned out to be a good plan.

In return Cleveland gets New York's first-rounder at No. 17, the Jets' second-round pick (No. 52 overall) and three additional players who played for Mangini last season in defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman, safety Abram Elam and quarterback Brett Ratliff.

The Browns now have four picks on the first day, including three second-rounders.