Wouldn't you know only days after posting about the impracticality of a trade transpiring between the Vikings and a potential suitor for the third overall selection, a report out of Cleveland that "at least three or four teams in the top 20" have shown interest in trading up with the Browns potentially indicates that a trade-market does in fact exist for Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne, or even Matt Kalil. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes:
"At least three or four teams in the top 20 have expressed interest in trading up, and the Browns are expected to have some enticing options on draft day.
And it's not just Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill that teams are after. There's been considerable interest in USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon."
Cabot is the Browns beat reporter, and since the story came out of Cleveland there is a good chance that it was leaked by the Browns in hopes of generating trade interest in their No. 4 pick. But as Cabot acknowledges in the report, the Vikings too are interested in trading down. And that might be where any interest by the Browns to trade down might have to take a backseat to the Vikings wanting to do the same -- since the only way to guarantee that a team gets who it is they are targeting is to move into the No. 3 pick. And, obviously, if a team wants a particular player badly enough that they are willing to move up in the draft in order to get him, they are not going to stop at Cleveland's pick when that assures them of nothing.
Just as in the case with Washington trading with the Rams at No. 2 instead of with the Vikings at No. 3 so to be guaranteed to get the guy they wanted (Robert Griffin III), even if a team felt confident enough that the Vikings were not going to draft, say, Tannehill with the third-pick, they would still have to contend with the possibility that some other team might trade with the Vikings in order to draft the Texas A&M quarterback.
Look for these rumors to become more prevalent next week.