The Browns again moved down in the first round of the NFL draft, and for the second consecutive time, their trading partner took a quarterback.
The Buccaneers jumped ahead of the Broncos, who had the 18th pick, to select Kansas State QB Josh Freeman at No. 17.
The Broncos are collecting running backs, and the Buccaneers are collecting quarterbacks. Already on Tampa Bay’s roster are QBs Luke McCown, Brian Griese, Josh Johnson and recently signed Byron Leftwich.
The Browns received a sixth-round pick (191st overall) from the Bucs to move down from No. 17 to No. 19. The Browns later shipped that No. 19 selection to the Eagles to move down two more spots and receive another sixth-round pick (195th overall). The Eagles selected Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin at No. 19.
Freeman is the first Kansas State quarterback to be drafted in the first round during the common draft era. New Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was Kansas State’s defensive coordinator in 2006, when Freeman was the only true freshman to quarterback his team to a bowl game.