Ever wonder what a draft war-room is like during the most critical building phase of the year for NFL teams? Grantland’s Chuck Klosterman manged to find out what it was like in the the Cleveland Browns‘ war-room in the hours leading up to their first selection with the 6th-overall pick, and even details a trade that almost happened that would have greatly affected the Browns’ entire draft:
The St. Louis Rams are willing to surrender the 16th overall pick and their second-round selection (plus a throw-in seventh-rounder) to move up to no. 6. However, the agreement has caveats. The Browns will agree to the deal only if Mingo is no longer available at no. 6, and the Rams will make the swap only if the specific guy they want (dynamic West Virginia WR Tavon Austin) is still there at no. 6. Everything depends on Mingo being gone and Austin sticking around, which is impossible to anticipate this far in advance. In other words, this theoretical deal can happen only during the fleeting 10-minute window that will follow the fifth overall selection, so nothing can be etched in stone.
Make sure you read the whole article. It’s definitely worth your time.