The Cleveland Browns have had "initial talks" with the New York Giants about moving up to the No. 9 slot in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a report from Bleacher Report draft analyst Matt Miller.
Let's be clear. This is Miller's report and I have no confirmation of its accuracy. Is there some truth to it? Probably. The Browns have been rumored to be all over the map, perhaps seeking tades with the Tennessee Titans for the second overall pick or the Washington Redskins for the fifth. So, they probably have asked the Giants about the ninth pick. Are the Giants seriously considering moving down from No. 9 to Cleveland's 12th or 19th pick. Giants' GM Jerry Reese is the only one who knows the answer to that.
Fact is, teams spend time during the week or so leading up to the draft no only finalizing their draft boards, but also talking to each other to figure out what the price might be for moving around the draft board. Reality is, there are 21 teams picking after the Giants in the first round (Cleveland and the New Orleans Saints each have two picks). There have probably been some type of "initial talks" with nearly all of them to see if the Giants are willing to move back in the draft.
We have discussed the trade-down scenarios for the Giants multiple times. As I said this morning, I believe the Giants are staying put at No. 9. Cleveland, though, is one of the few potential trade partners that would actually make sense, especially if the move down is only to the 12th pick.
At this point, anything is possible. Don't, however, take anything you hear as gospel. And take heart. Only two more days of having nothing but rumors to talk about.