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It is Saturday, and that means rounds 4-7 of the 2015 NFL Draft will take place for the Cleveland Browns and the rest of the teams in the NFL. The action starts at 12:00 PM ET, and teams will have 5 minutes to make their selections (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

6:39 PM: Thank you for tuning in to our live blog over the past three days. Now, head on over to our Browns undrafted free agent tracker!

6:36 PM: And Mr. Irrelevant is...TE Gerald Christian! We'll post the link to our UDFA tracker in a second.

6:24 PM: It just so happens that DBN's Mike Krupka did a scouting report on CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu back in 2013:

6:15 PM: Given how hit or miss low-round picks are anyway, I'm always stunned when players of this caliber aren't drafted a little higher and red-shirted for a year on potential alone:

6:08 PM: Top talent cornerback in the seventh-round? Sure, why not -- at No. 241, the Browns selected CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Our write-up on him is here. That should end our regular draft coverage. We'll post a link here when our undrafted free agent open thread is up (some time in the next hour probably).

5:56 PM: Saved this one for longevity's sake:

Grossi

5:49 PM: Another viewpoint from the media:

5:46 PM: Chalk this year's draft as a success. So much for that turmoil in Berea, right Jason (La Canfora)?

5:23 PM: The wear-and-tear of sitting at the computer for three straight days and live blogging the draft are setting in. I officially need a pillow to provide extra support for my back in the chair I'm sitting in.

5:22 PM: The Browns have one more pick coming up in the seventh round (No. 241 overall). That will be the end of the draft, but the fun won't be over! We'll be posting a new thread covering all of the undrafted free agents the Browns are reportedly signing after the draft, which is always a lot of fun.

5:15 PM: At No. 219 overall in the seventh round, the Browns took ILB Hayes Pullard, their second straight player picked from USC.

4:25 PM: The Browns' next two picks happened so far! Here is the quick rundown of them:

The Browns have two seventh-round picks remaining:

  • 7th Round: No. 219 overall (2nd of the round)
  • 7th Round: No. 241 overall (24th of the round)

4:02 PM: At No. 189 overall, the Browns selected CB Charles Gaines. See our post on him here.

3:53 PM: I just caught this -- a video from Browns.com giving you a peak inside the Browns' war room this year. It's always fun to see, and I like the phrase on the door when people enter.

War Room

War Room

3:42 PM: This is a very important note to remember about OT La'el Collins and why he probably won't be drafted at this point:

3:32 PM: We're finally in the sixth round! I will try to update the draft tracker by removing players up until the Browns' first selection of the sixth round:

Pos Player School Projected Round Visits to Berea
Private Workouts
Other*
QB Connor Halliday Washington State 7 x
QB Blake Sims Alabama 7 x
QB Trevor Siemian Northwestern 7 x x
WR Ricky Collins Texas A&M-Commerce 5-6 x x
WR Titus Davis Central Michigan 5-6 x
WR Mario Alford West Virginia 6-7 x
WR Zach D'Orazio Akron 7 x
WR Shane Wynn Indiana 7 x
WR Rod Hall Clemson 7 x
OT La'el Collins LSU 1 x
C Collin Rahrig Indiana 7 x
DT DeShawn Williams Clemson 7 x
DE Tory Slater
West Georgia
7 x
OLB Obum Gwacham Oregon State 4-5 x
OLB Andrew Hudson Washington 7 x
S Brian Blechen Utah 7 x
CB Quandre Diggs Texas 5-6 x
CB Bryce Callahan Rice 7 x
K Joshua Lambo Texas A&M 7 x
K Marvin Kloss South Florida 7 x


3:12 PM:
Whew, I got my much-needed shave in and I don't think I missed anything! It looks like a few special teamers are going off the board now.

2:45 PM: Sheesh, I just realized the Browns were still 34 picks away. You know, I'd like to take a break to shave or something, but it'll be my luck that Cleveland will trade up right after I leave the computer.

2:36 PM: As the sixth round gets closer, here is who is still available from our Browns pre-draft tracker:

Pos Player School Projected Round Visits to Berea
Private Workouts
Other*
QB Connor Halliday Washington State 7 x
QB Blake Sims Alabama 7 x
QB Trevor Siemian Northwestern 7 x x
RB Cameron Artis-Payne Auburn 4-5 x
FB Michael Burton Rutgers 7 x
WR Ricky Collins Texas A&M-Commerce 5-6 x x
WR Titus Davis Central Michigan 5-6 x
WR Mario Alford West Virginia 6-7 x
WR Zach D'Orazio Akron 7 x
WR Shane Wynn Indiana 7 x
WR Rod Hall Clemson 7 x
OT La'el Collins LSU 1 x
OG Robert Myers Tennessee State 6-7 x
C Collin Rahrig Indiana 7 x
DT DeShawn Williams Clemson 7 x
DE Tory Slater
West Georgia
7 x
OLB Obum Gwacham Oregon State 4-5 x
OLB Deiontrez Mount Louisville 6-7 x
OLB Andrew Hudson Washington 7 x
S Brian Blechen Utah 7 x
CB Quandre Diggs Texas 5-6 x
CB Bryce Callahan Rice 7 x
K Joshua Lambo Texas A&M 7 x
K Marvin Kloss South Florida 7 x


2:10 PM:
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the Browns did try to trade up to No. 103, the 4th pick of the fourth round, from No. 115, but it was not for QB Bryce Petty. There was somebody else they wanted.

Who did the Browns want? It likely would not have been No. 104, since that was the Jaguars, the team Cleveland wanted to trade up with at No. 103. Nonetheless, let's look at the players from No. 104 to No. 114:

No. 104: S James Sample (Jaguars)
No. 105: WR Jamison Crowder (Redskins)
No. 106: RB Jeremy Langford (Bears)
No. 107: WR Justin Hardy (Falcons)
No. 108: FB Jalston Fowler (Titans)
No. 109: S Clayton Geathers (Colts)
No. 110: OT T.J. Clemmings (Vikings)
No. 111: OG Tre' Jackson (Patriots)
No. 112: OG Arie Kouandjio (Redskins)
No. 113: DT Gabe Wright (Lions)
No. 114: OG Jamil Douglas (Dolphins)

The Browns took a safety at No. 115, Ibraheim Campbell. I think they legitimately wanted Campbell as their safety, so let's take the safeties off the list above. Now, let's consider that the Browns traded back from No. 116, indicating that someone they wanted originally wasn't there any more. When they traded back, they took WR Vince Mayle. Therefore, I'm going to speculate that the Browns had their eyes on either Crowder or Hardy, but most likely Crowder.

1:25 PM: Usually, the Browns only take 1-2 players from our pre-draft tracker. This year has been much different. Of the Browns' seven draft picks thus far, five of them have appeared on the interest list (scroll to the bottom of this post to see the list heading into the day).

  • Appeared on List: NT Danny Shelton, DE/OLB Nate Orchard, DT Xavier Cooper, S Ibraheim Campbell, WR Vince Mayle.
  • Did Not Appear on List: OL Cameron Erving, RB Duke Johnson

It should be noted that immediately after Johnson was selected, it was reported that the Browns begged Johnson and his representatives to keep their visit with him a secret.

1:22 PM: Some interesting feedback from members of the media on Mayle, including one suggestion that he could transition to tight end:

1:18 PM: At No. 123 overall, the Browns selected WR Vince Mayle. Our write-up on him is here. Barring a trade up, the Browns have three sixth-round selections and two seventh-round selections, so it'll be awhile until Cleveland is on the clock again.

1:04 PM: If I have everything straight, here are the picks the Browns have left:

  • 4th Round: No. 123 overall (24th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 189 overall (13th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 195 overall (19th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 198 overall (22nd of the round)
  • 7th Round: No. 219 overall (2nd of the round)
  • 7th Round: No. 241 overall (24th of the round)

1:00 PM: The Browns would've been on the clock at No. 116 again, but they opted to trade back again. Here are the details:

12:55 PM: At No. 115 overall, the Browns selected S Ibraheim Campbell. Here is our write-up on him.

12:40 PM: This is where the Browns' draft picks will be announced today.

Podium set up in Berea where #Browns day 3 #NFLDraft picks will be announced today

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12:35 PM: Not too long ago, the New York Jets traded up one spot with the Jacksonville Jaguars to get QB Bryce Petty. Why would they trade up one spot? Because the Cleveland Browns tried to make a play for him, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:

11:59 PM: Here are the top players remaining heading into Day 3, per SB Nation.

11:57 PM: Pro Football Focus broke down the Browns' third-round picks last night:

77. Cleveland Browns - Duke Johnson, RB, Miami - Cleveland have added another talent to the mix of a muddled backfield with the selection of Johnson. He has just as much chance as his established peers of getting carries, especially after posting our second highest overall production grade among draft eligible backs this year. Johnson offers something in the passing game, perhaps more so than any back currently on the Browns roster, and worst case scenario we could see him finding his niche there.

96. Cleveland Browns - Xavier Cooper, ID, Washington State - Not quite as productive as Henry Anderson, Cooper did though have the fourth best productivity score rushing the passer against the Power-5 so it’s easy to see why the Browns like him. He could quite easily latch onto a backup and subpackage role additionally, and completes a fantastic couple of days for the organization as they retooled their defensive line.

11:54 PM: The Browns have two first-round picks. Even if it's been rumored that OL La'el Collins sits out, is there any chance the Browns take a flier on him with one of their fourth-round picks?

11:45 PM: Remember our Browns' interest / visit tracker leading up to the draft? Here is an updated version below, listing the players that are remaining heading into round three. I have put a strikethrough for players who have been taken. This list is heading into Day 3 -- I will not be updating it as Day 3 goes along.

Listed below, you will find a table that lists the players that the Browns have supposedly met with or scouted from either a visit to Berea, a private workout/meeting, or some other way. The list is not comprehensive, as I'm sure the team has scouted more players who aren't listed here. These are the ones who have supposedly been confirmed by media sources. The "other" category includes reported connections at the NFL Combine, Pro Days, or other miscellaneous things that don't fit in the other categories. The "projected round" data comes from Dane Bruglar's 2015 NFL Draft Guide.

Pos Player School Projected Round Visits to Berea
Private Workouts
Other*
QB Jameis Winston Florida State 1 x
QB Brett Hundley UCLA 4 x
QB Garrett Grayson Colorado State 5 x x
QB Connor Halliday Washington State 7 x
QB Shawn Mannion Oregon State 7 x
QB Blake Sims Alabama 7 x
QB Trevor Siemian Northwestern 7 x x
RB Todd Gurley Georgia 1 x
RB Melvin Gordon Wisconsin 1-2 x
RB Mike Davis South Carolina 4 x
RB Cameron Artis-Payne Auburn 4-5 x
FB Michael Burton Rutgers 7 x
WR DeVante Parker Louisville 1 x x x
WR Amari Cooper Alabama 1 x
WR Breshad Perriman
UCF 1-2 x
WR Nelson Agholor USC 2 x
WR Jaelen Strong Arizona State 2 x
WR Devin Smith Ohio State 2-3 x
WR Chris Conley
Georgia 2-3
x
WR Sammie Coates Auburn 3-4 x x
WR Vince Mayle Washington State 3-4 x
WR Tyler Lockett Kansas State 4 x
WR Stefon Diggs Maryland 4 x
WR Ricky Collins Texas A&M 5-6 x x
WR Titus Davis Central Michigan 5-6 x
WR Mario Alford West Virginia 6-7 x
WR Zach D'Orazio Akron 7 x
WR Shane Wynn Indiana 7 x
WR Rod Hall Clemson 7 x
TE Maxx Williams Minnesota 1-2 x
TE Tyler Kroft Rutgers 4-5 x
TE Blake Bell Oklahoma 5 x
OT T.J. Clemmings Pittsburgh 1 x
OT La'el Collins LSU 1 x
OT Ereck Flowers Miami 1-2 x
OT D.J. Humphries Florida 1-2 x
OT Donovan Smith
Penn State
2-3 x
OG Ali Marpet Hobart 2-3 x x
OG Jamil Douglas Arizona State 5 x
OT Andy Donnal Iowa 5-6 x
OG Robert Myers Tennessee State 6-7 x
C Collin Rahrig Indiana 7 x
DT Danny Shelton Washington 1 x x
DT Eddie Goldman Florida State 1-2 x
DE Owa Odighizuwa UCLA 1-2 x
DE Preston Smith Mississippi State 2 x
DT Grady Jarrett Clemson 2-3 x
DE Trey Flowers Arkansas 2-3 x
DE Danielle Hunter LSU 2-3 x x
DT Xavier Cooper Washington State 2-3 x
DT DeShawn Williams Clemson 7 x
DE Tory Slater
West Georgia
7 x
ILB Benardrick McKinney Mississippi State 3 x
OLB Bud Dupree Kentucky 1 x
OLB Eli Harold Virginia 1-2 x
OLB Shaq Thompson Washington 2 x x
OLB Nate Orchard Utah 3 x
OLB Obum Gwacham Oregon State 4-5 x
OLB Jake Ryan Michigan 4-5 x
OLB Kyle Emanuel
NDSU 5-6 x
OLB Deiontrez Mount Louisville 6-7 x
OLB Andrew Hudson Washington 7 x
S Damarious Randall Arizona State 3 x
S Jaquiski Tartt Samford 4 x
S Adrian Amos Penn State 4-5 x
S Ibraheim Campbell Northwestern 5 x
S Brian Blechen Utah 7 x
CB Eric Rowe Utah 1-2 x
CB Marcus Peters Washington 1-2 x
CB Quinten Rollins Miami 2 x
CB Doran Grant Ohio State 5-6 x
CB Quandre Diggs Texas 5-6 x
CB Bryce Callahan Rice 7 x
K Joshua Lambo Texas A&M 7 x
K Marvin Kloss South Florida 7 x

11:30 PM: Here are the draft picks the Cleveland Browns have left today:

  • 4th Round: No. 115 overall (16th of the round)
  • 4th Round: No. 116 overall (17th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 189 overall (13th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 195 overall (19th of the round)
  • 7th Round: No. 219 overall (2nd of the round)

Keep in mind that teams will still be busy immediately following the draft trying to sign undrafted free agents, which we will cover in a separate thread as we always do.