It is Friday, and later tonight, rounds 2-3 in the 2015 NFL Draft will take place for the Cleveland Browns and the rest of the teams in the NFL. Because there are two rounds, it starts a little earlier today -- 7:00 PM ET. Teams will have 7 minutes to pick in round two, and only 5 minutes to pick in round three (supplemental picks will last 4 minutes).
We will have all of your Browns-related coverage on the draft here at Dawgs By Nature throughout the weekend. There will be individual posts about each draft pick that Cleveland makes, or any other relevant news. This thread will act as a "live blog" of sorts, with short one-liners about the latest small rumors, picks, or trades involving Cleveland or other NFL teams. You should also use the comments section as your NFL Draft open thread! (Newest updates will be at the top of the live blog below)
Browns NFL Draft Live Blog
9:18 PM: This one speaks for itself:
8:57 PM: Boooooooo, the Baltimore Ravens just got TE Maxx Williams. He wasn't that good anyway, right?
8:54 PM: The Browns had dined with OLB Nate Orchard at some point:
New #Browns OLB Nate Orchard on conference call. Said he had dinner w/ coaches from Cleveland. DC Jim O'Neil, OLB coach visited him in Utah— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) May 2, 2015
8:52 PM: Last year, the Browns had attitude/character/personal problems with QB Johnny Manziel, RB Terrance West, and CB Justin Gilbert. Did that play into this year's draft strategy?
Browns loading up on mature guys. Orchard, another high-energy, leader. They want leaders. Got three guys who were at Senior Bowl.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) May 2, 2015
8:50 PM: Our live blog is going to stop covering every pick in the draft, and shift focus more toward just Browns news.
8:46 PM: The Browns took DE/OLB Nate Orchard at No. 51 overall. Here is our write-up on him.
8:40 PM: The NFL draft just got emotional as Jim Kelly made the announcement of the Buffalo Bills pick at No. 50 overall. The Browns' pick has been in for awhile, but we're waiting for the commish to announce it.
8:36 PM: At No. 49 overall, the Kansas City Chiefs took C Mitch Morse.
8:32 PM: The top 11 players left on our Browns big board:
1. OT T.J. Clemmings
2. OLB Eli Harold
3. WR Jaelen Strong
4. OLB Randy Gregory
5. OLB Owa Odighizuwa
6. TE Maxx Williams
7. DT Jordan Phillips
8. OT Jake Fisher
9. DT Grady Jarrett
10. DT Carl Davis
11. QB Brett Hundley
8:30 PM: At No. 48 overall, the San Diego Chargers took ILB Denzel Perryman.
8:26 PM: Browns first-round pick Cameron Erving is chilling at the Tribe game tonight:
8:23 PM: At No. 46 overall, the San Francisco 49ers selected S Jaquiski Tartt. The Philadelphia Eagles just traded up and are on the clock...and they selected DB Eric Rowe at No. 47 overall. The Browns are coming up in four picks.
8:17 PM: As it stands right now, the Browns own the middle of the fourth round:
Currently in the fourth round the #Browns have 3 picks (111, 115 & 116)— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) May 2, 2015
8:15 PM: We'll keep discussing picks until the Browns make their selection. At No. 44 overall, the New Orleans Saints took DE Hau'oli Kikaha. At No. 45 overall, the Minnesota Vikings selected ILB Eric Kendricks.
8:10 PM: While we were busy talking about the Browns' trade, a few picks went down:
- At No. 41 overall, the Carolina Panthers took WR Devin Fuchness.
- At No. 42 overall, the Atlanta Falcons drafted CB Jalen Collins.
- At No. 43 overall, the Houston Texans selected ILB Benardick McKinney.
8:06 PM: Here are the details of the Browns' trade with Houston. We'll be on the clock at No. 51 again.
7:57 PM: Welp, the Browns won't be picking!
7:54 PM: Wow, am I late on this? According to the Miami Herald, here is what WR DeVante Parker's mom said about her son being drafted by the Dolphins:
"We didn’t want him going to Cleveland," Raneca Parker said Friday, less than 24 hours after the Dolphins took her son with the 14th pick. "They don’t have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn’t want the Cleveland Browns."
7:51 PM: But first, at No. 40 overall, the Tennessee Titans drafted WR Dorial Green-Beckham. Now, at No. 41, we'll see who the Panthers traded up for. I'm going to guess WR Jaelen Strong.
7:47 PM: We have a trade! The Rams have traded back with the Carolina Panthers at No. 41 overall. Leaping the Browns for somebody?
7:44 PM: At No. 39 overall, the Chicago Bears selected NT Eddie Goldman.
7:42 PM: At No. 38 overall, the Washington Redskins drafted DE/OLB Preston Smith.
7:40 PM: Who could the Browns be considering at No. 43? Here are the Top 15 players remaining on our Browns DBN cumulative big board:
1. DL Eddie Goldman
2. OT T.J. Clemmings
3. OLB Eli Harold
4. WR Jaelen Strong
5. OLB Randy Gregory
6. OLB Owa Odighizuwa
7. TE Maxx Williams
8. DT Jordan Phillips
9. ILB Eric Kendricks
10. WR Dorial Green-Beckham
11. OT Jake Fisher
12. DE/OLB Preston Smith
13. DT Grady Jarrett
14. DT Carl Davis
15. QB Brett Hundley
7:34 PM: At No. 37 overall, the New York Jets took WR Devin Smith. Ohio State fans who wanted him in Cleveland will be crushed. The Browns will be covering him in New York in Week 1.
7:30 PM: At No. 36 overall, the Houston Texans went with RB T.J. Yeldon. Also, thanks to Jon Stinchcomb who manned the live blog from 3 PM to 7:30 PM! I am back now, just in time for the Browns' pick, which should be coming up in a half hour.
7:25 PM: At No. 35 overall, the Oakland Raiders selected DE Mario Edwards Jr.
7:15 PM: At No. 34 overall, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected OT Donovan Smith.
7:00 PM: The Titans opened the second night of the NFL Draft with a trade, swapping selections with the Giants.
At No. 33 overall, the New York Giants drafted DB Landon Collins.
6:00 PM: A popular former Brown has suddenly become available again. The Indianapolis Colts have just announced the release of Josh Cribbs, a previously longtime fan favorite in Cleveland.
Since parting ways back in 2012, Cribbs has struggled around the league but actually posted a decent average yardage on kick returns, though only fielded 19 total.
Cribbs, an NFL veteran of 10 years, will turn 32 in June.
#Colts announced the release of KR/WR Josh Cribbs.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 1, 2015
5:10 PM: Following his first press conference as a new Cleveland Brown, Danny Shelton joined Bull & Fox on 92.3 The Fan. Shelton emphasized just how excited he is to be part of the Dawg Pound, a place he envisioned himself landing for a while now.
You can listen to the whole interview here.
4:00 PM: The introductory press conference for Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving will begin very shortly. You can watch it live via Browns.com:
You can read the full transcript from the presser here, via Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com.
3:00 PM: One of the most unusual storylines of the 2015 NFL Draft has been that of La'el Collins, LSU offensive lineman, and law enforcement's efforts to speak with him about the shooting death of a former girlfriend.
Yesterday the league office denied a request of his to move to the supplemental draft. As Collins went into free fall off boards across the entire NFL, the previously top-10 graded prospect slipped out of the first round as a result of the uncertainty surrounding this incident.
Here's the latest:
What’s going on with La’El Collins? He’s set to meet with Baton Rouge PD Monday. Teams hope to have reports from security directors tonight— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2015
La'el Collins and his reps have decided if he's not selected tonight he will not sign a contract with a team and will renter draft next year— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 1, 2015
2:13 PM: Let's look at a Day 2 mock draft from Brent Sobleski over at Bleacher Report. For those who don't know, Brent has followed the Browns closely in the past.
Also, Dan Kadar of SB Nation has WR Devin Smith going to the Browns at No. 43 overall.
2:05 PM: If you follow Lane Adkins of the OBR, you'll see he's made reference to the fact that at least one NFL team has come to the Browns with an interest in trading for C Alex Mack. Nothing will probably materialize for a few reasons. First, Mack has a no-trade clause, so even if the Browns received a deal that was too good to pass up, they'd have to bring it to Mack, which would be pretty damn awkward.
1:30 PM: The Browns will be holding their "welcome" press conferences for NT Danny Shelton and OL Cameron Erving at 4:00 PM today in Berea:
1:24 PM: Just how much do Cleveland fans look forward to the draft? A lot, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. I'm sure some of this had to do with the Browns having two first-round picks, because fans have a reason to tune in for the whole draft, not just the one time they are on the clock. The Saints also had two first-round picks and came in second.
Most interested cities in draft, as judged by TV ratings: 1. Cleveland, 2. New Orleans, 3. Philly, 4. Columbus, 5. Birmingham, 6. Tampa— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 1, 2015
1:05 PM: And here is the Cumulative DBN Big Board, following up on our previous update.
DBN Big Board
|34||Mario Edwards Jr.|
12:57 PM: It's time to revisit everybody's DBN Big Boards to see who is left! This will be a long update, but I think it will be worth it. I am posting eight individual big boards, and then in the next update, I will post the CUMULATIVE big board, which gives the best general consensus among the staff + community. Please keep in mind that these big boards were constructed from before the draft.
DAY 2 - PLAYERS REMAINING ON DBN DRAFT BIG BOARDS
|12||Maxx Williams||12||Dorial Green-Beckham||14||Randy Gregory||9||Eddie Goldman|
|13||Randy Gregory||14||Jaelen Strong||17||T.J. Clemmings||14||Brett Hundley|
|18||Eddie Goldman||15||Eli Harold||20||Eric Kendricks||15||Jaelen Strong|
|20||T.J. Clemmings||16||Eric Kendricks||21||Landon Collins||16||Jordan Phillips|
|23||Dorial Green-Beckham||17||Devin Smith||23||Eddie Goldman||19||Owa Odighizuwa|
|24||Owa Odighizuwa||18||Preston Smith||25||Owa Odighizuwa||20||Eli Harold|
|26||Jordan Phillips||20||Maxx Williams||28||Jalen Collins||24||T.J. Clemmings|
|27||Grady Jarrett||23||Owa Odighizuwa||32||Jake Fisher||26||Landon Collins|
|29||Eli Harold||24||Grady Jarrett||33||Eli Harold||29||Jake Fisher|
|30||Eric Kendricks||25||Ameer Abdullah||34||Carl Davis||31||Eric Kendricks|
|32||Jake Fisher||27||Devin Funchess||36||Jaelen Strong||32||Michael Bennett|
|35||Devin Smith||28||T.J. Clemmings||38||Jordan Phillips||33||Benardrick McKinney|
|36||Jaelen Strong||29||Jake Fisher||40||Maxx Williams||35||Sammie Coates|
|38||Donovan Smith||31||Rashad Greene||41||Eric Rowe||36||Carl Davis|
|39||Ali Marpet||34||Tyler Lockett||42||Brett Hundley||40||P.J. Williams|
|40||Preston Smith||36||Denzel Perryman||43||Benardrick McKinney||41||Clive Walford|
|41||Denzel Perryman||37||Mario Edwards Jr.||44||Xavier Cooper||42||Hau'oli Kikaha|
|42||Trey Flowers||38||Tre Jackson||43||Tevin Coleman|
|43||Xavier Cooper||39||Ali Marpet|
|44||Paul Dawson||40||Nate Orchard|
|45||Danielle Hunter||41||Carl Davis|
DAY 2 - PLAYERS REMAINING ON DBN DRAFT BIG BOARDS
DBN Big Board
|17||Eddie Goldman||14||T.J. Clemmings||15||Jordan Phillips||14||Randy Gregory|
|19||T.J. Clemmings||15||Eli Harold||17||Randy Gregory||19||Eddie Goldman|
|22||Jaelen Strong||17||Eddie Goldman||18||T.J. Clemmings||25||Maxx Williams|
|24||Landon Collins||19||Jaelen Strong||21||Owa Odighizuwa||26||Landon Collins|
|27||Owa Odighizuwa||20||Randy Gregory||22||Eli Harold||27||Eli Harold|
|31||Maxx Williams||23||Landon Collins||23||Eddie Goldman||28||Dorial Green-Beckham|
|32||Devin Smith||31||Dorial Green-Beckham||24||Hau'oli Kikaha||30||Jordan Phillips|
|33||Eli Harold||34||Eric Rowe||28||Denzel Perryman||32||T.J. Clemmings|
|34||Preston Smith||35||Maxx Williams||29||Landon Collins||33||Devin Smith|
|38||Jordan Phillips||36||Eric Kendricks||30||A.J. Cann||36||Michael Bennett|
|39||Jake Fisher||37||Jordan Phillips||31||Maxx Williams||37||Owa Odighizuwa|
|40||Eric Kendricks||38||Jay Ajayi||32||Devin Smith||38||Jake Fisher|
|42||A.J. Cann||39||Preston Smith||33||Bryce Petty||39||Eric Kendricks|
|43||Michael Bennett||41||Jake Fisher||34||Carl Davis||40||Devin Funchess|
|44||Donovan Smith||42||Grady Jarrett||35||Preston Smith||41||Denzel Perryman|
|45||Garrett Grayson||43||Quinten Rollins||38||Jaelen Strong||42||Benardick McKinney|
|44||Ali Marpet||40||Donovan Smith||43||Nate Orchard|
|45||Jamison Crowder||41||Eric Kendricks||44||Sammie Coates|
|44||Grady Jarrett||45||Preston Smith|
12:00 PM: Good afternoon, Browns fans, and welcome to Day 2 of the NFL Draft! In case you missed it, the Dawgs By Nature staff has been busy putting together some draft-related articles. Here are some features for you to kill some time with:
- Best Remaining WRs in the 2015 NFL Draft (Joe Ginley)
- Grading the Cleveland Browns' First-Round Picks (Chris Pokorny)
- Browns' Top Remaining Needs Heading Into Day 2 (rufio)
- Day 1 Recap: Browns Draft NT Danny Shelton at No. 12 (Chris Pokorny)
- Day 1 Recap: Browns Draft OL Cameron Erving at No. 19 (Chris Pokorny)
The Browns have 2 picks today -- No. 43 overall in the 2nd round & No. 77 overall in the 3rd round.