Saturday, April 27, 2013
Would Browns have taken Ryan Nassib?
By Jamison Hensley
Would the Cleveland Browns have taken Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth round?
The New York Giants didn't want to take that chance, trading ahead of the Browns and Oakland Raiders to select Nassib. There had been speculation that the Browns were going to make a move at quarterback, from taking Geno Smith in the first round to trading for Patriots backup Ryan Mallett. As of now, nothing has materialized.
After the Giants traded ahead of them, the Browns dealt the No. 111 overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas. According to ESPN Radio in Cleveland, this is the first trade between these AFC North rivals since 1968. The Steelers gave up a 2014 third-round pick to move up in the fourth round for Thomas, a hard-hitting and emotional player.
The Steelers needed to add young depth at safety. Ryan Clark is in the final year of his contract, and Troy Polamalu has only had one full season in the past four years. Plus, both backups from last year, Will Allen and Ryan Mundy, went elsewhere in free agency.