Now the plan is to take Garrett No. 1 and then look into trading up from No. 12 - Cleveland's second first-round selection - to grab Trubisky. The former MI star was the second of three first-round picks for the Browns, following No. 1 overall selection Myles Garrett and coming four picks before TE David Njoku at No. 29 overall.
A few hours later, thanks to a pair of trades, they walked out with three players plus an extra first-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Garrett had been viewed as the consensus top pick in the draft, but there had been late talk of the Browns passing on the Texas A&M pass rusher to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Their first-round strategy in 2017 will invite questions regarding even more quarterbacks, depending on how numerous quarterbacks on whom the Browns passed thrive in the coming season.
Another Alabama defensive player who took a dive was Jonathan Allen, who had questions about his shoulders coming into the draft.
In Garrett, the Browns have found a dominant player capable of changing a game with a sack or punishing hit.
"I want to be the best", Garrett said. "I just want to be the best from Day 1".
The 6-foot-5, 272-pound Garrett, who recorded 32¢ sacks during his three seasons with the Aggies, will join a Browns defense undergoing a much-needed major makeover.
The ineptitude that the Browns display year in and year out drafting players that never seem to pan out makes them by far the hardest team to root for in the NFL.
Cleveland ranked 31st defensively last season and was 30th in sacks with 26. And, perhaps the addition of Garrett made the Browns feel a little more confident in themselves, as they once again reached out to the New England Patriots inquiring about a trade for backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
"He was like, 'I told you that I wouldn't leave you hanging". He recovered from a fractured vertebra in his neck in 2015 but returned to star as Watson's go-to guy. "That made my night. I'm just trying to have the best career I possibly can".
Garrett is aware of recent criticism about his game, including from Bucs Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who called him "lazy". It doesn't matter what they say. "We've got a lot of holes to fill on this roster, so this is just about making sure when we get the quarterback it's someone that we all believe in and get behind and move forward". "That will speak volumes when you finally get there". Not long after, they moved up to take Miami tight end David Njoku at No. 29 (giving the Packers No. 33 and No. 108).