After originally trading out of the No. 6 pick down to No. 27 overall, the Cleveland Browns ended up trading back up to the No. 21 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. With that selection, Tom Heckert and company decided to draft DT Phil Taylor from Baylor. Early reports indicate that the Browns might have reached a tiny bit for Taylor, but he was expected to be taken at the end of the first round. The surprise might be the fact that guys like Da'Quan Bowers, Cameron Jordan, Cameron Heyward, Muhammed Wilkerson, and Stephen Paea were all remaining on the list.
The Browns gave up their third round pick (No. 70 overall) to move up to get Taylor. Here is what Mocking the Draft has to say about the Browns taking Taylor:
It was the right pick for the spot in the draft. Kansas City should have taken Taylor. Instead, the Browns do. The pick is good if the Browns decide to show a lot of 3-4 sets even though they've committed to moving to a 4-3. It's true the Browns need to address the defensive line. It's odd to see them go with a true nose tackle like Taylor.
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What is your reaction to the Cleveland Browns drafting DT Phil Taylor?
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