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Jimmy Garoppolo's value is through the roof. I don't need to tell you that. Anyone who watched Jimmy's 1.5 game audition this year will agree. And every time Garoppolo's name comes up in trade discussions, the asking price gets higher. Just yesterday it was reported that Jimmy G's price tag is now two first round picks, a skyrocket from a first and a fourth in late December of 2016. The most likely teams to trade for him, even since the offseason began, happened to be the teams to hold the top 3 picks in the draft: the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Chicago Bears. Now, NFL execs believe that Kirk Cousins could potentially leave the Redskins for San Francisco in a 3-team trade, so assuming this goes through, we can take them out of the running. And should the 49ers acquire Cousins, that means in all likelihood that UNC's Mitch Trubisky, the top rated quarterback in this class, will fall to the Bears at 3. This would also take the Bears out of the running for the Garoppinator. The Browns? They've been stuck in QB limbo ever since they came back to the NFL. You know that, I know that, everyone knows that. Jimmy could finally be their answer, so I would say the Browns would go after him.
Now, what do they actually offer for him?
I doubt they offer the first pick, as Myles Garrett from Texas A&M has a very high star-potential. But the Browns also hold the 12th pick in this draft which they acquired from the Eagles. This pick would almost certainly be involved. The real question is would the Browns be willing to part with their 2018 pick? I'm not so sure. If they believe that Jimmy Garoppolo is the future, maybe. If they're not 100% sold on him, they would logically be hesitant. But for the sake of argument, let's say they do offer it, and the Patriots take it. So the trade would look something like this:
Browns get: QB Jimmy Garoppolo
Patriots get: 2017 first round pick, (#12 overall), 2018 first round pick
Let's go further in-depth. Who do the Patriots take with this pick? Simply put, nobody. They will most likely trade down from here, and Belichick being Belichick, will turn the third round picks he gets from this into stars that will help the Patriots to yet another Super Bowl, while the Browns, even if they improve with Garoppolo at the helm, will still be the Browns.
Can't help but think the Patriots win this trade.