It is Friday, and later tonight, rounds 2-3 in thewill 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
9:05 PM: At No. 55, the Cincinnati Bengals got WR Tyler Boyd.
9:01 PM: At No. 54, the Minnesota Vikings drafted the top remaining player on our DBN Big Board, CB Mackensie Alexander.
8:57 PM: At No. 53, the Washington Redskins took OLB Su'a Cravens.
8:55 PM: At No. 52, the Atlanta Falcons selected LB Deion Jones.
8:46 PM: At No. 51, the New York Jets just took QB Christian Hackenberg. That means QB Connor Cook will continue to linger out there for someone, including perhaps the Browns with one of their third-round picks.
8:44 PM: At No. 50, the Houston Texans grabbed the second-best center in Nick Martin. I'm sure fans would trade Erving for Martin in less than a second.
8:36 PM: At No. 49, the Seattle Seahawks drafted DT Jarran Reed, another great value pick at this point. Fun fact: I have a whiteboard sitting next to me with the Browns' third-round pick spots all written down. I have to make sure I'm mentally ready for when our pick is approaching.
8:31 PM: LOL. The fans in Chicago keep cheering loudly when the Bears are on the clock, and they keep trading out every time. They just did so again with the Seahawks moving up.
8:29 PM: The Green Bay Packers traded up, which is not something you see very often. At No. 48, they must have really coveted their selection: OT Jason Spriggs.
8:26 PM: Perhaps the final Buckeye-possibility to Cleveland is off the board. At No. 47, the New Orleans Saints just selected WR Michael Thomas. The non-OSU Mike Thomas is still out there, though.
8:20 PM: Not much of this top talent will slip to the third round at this rate.
A lot of these Round 2 picks looked like potential Round 1 matches. This class has some serious depth.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) April 30, 2016
8:18 PM: At No. 46, the Detroit Lions took DT A'Shawn Robinson.
8:14 PM: Despite adding RB DeMarco Murray this offseason, the Tennessee Titans just drafted RB Derrick Henry at No. 45.
8:08 PM: At No. 44, the Oakland Raiders took DE Jihad Ward.
8:03 PM: At No. 42, the Baltimore Ravens finally made their pick after trading down a few times, taking DE Kamalei Correa. At No. 43, the Tennessee Titans grabbed DT Austin Johnson.
7:57 PM: At No. 41, the Buffalo Bills moved up to select ILB Reggie Ragland. Good pick.
7:54 PM: At No. 40, the New York Giants drafted WR Sterling Shepard. The Browns are still 25 picks away, but you still have to be on high alert in case they move up for somebody they really like.
7:50 PM: At No. 38, the Miami Dolphins took CB Xavien Howard. Following that up, at No. 39, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to take DE Noah Spence.
7:47 PM: Even though DE Emmanuel Ogbah said he was caught off guard by the Browns taking him because they didn't have him in Berea or do a private workout with him, they made contact at some point, because he was on our draft tracker for the Browns. That's 2/2 when you include WR Corey Coleman.
7:40 PM: At No. 37, the Kansas City Chiefs selected DT Chris Jones. It sounds like the Ravens, who already traded down once, are trading back again to acquire more assets.
7:38 PM: Here is what Pro Football Focus says about the Browns' selection at No. 32:
32. Cleveland Browns: Emmanuel Ogbah | Grade: B+
There was a lot of talk that the Browns would trade the pick, but they grab one of the best pass rushers in the draft in Ogbah, owner of the No. 3 pass rush grade in the class. He’s not as strong against the run as you’d like given his size and length, but the Browns got burst off the edge in Ogbah.
7:36 PM: The defensive surge keeps on coming. At No. 35, the San Diego Chargers picked TE Hunter Henry, who can learn the ropes behind TE Antonio Gates. At No. 36, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to draft LB Myles Jack. If he can maintain some shred of healthiness, then the Jaguars escape from the draft with the two best defensive prospects in Jack and DB Jalen Ramsey. Amazing.
7:28 PM: Here is our comic drawing of DE Emmanuel Ogbah:
7:25 PM: At No. 33, the Tennessee Titans selected DE Kevin Dodd. Then, with No. 34, the Dallas Cowboys pulled a bit of a surprise and took OLB Jaylon Smith! Good for him. The defensive playmakers are coming off the board quick to start Day 2.
7:20 PM: The Browns stayed put and selected DE Emmanuel Ogbah at No. 32 overall. Our write-up on him is here.
6:57 PM: Some last-minute insight from Mike Silver of the NFL Network:
Seven minutes before they go on the clock, Browns are still fielding calls from teams interested in trading up...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) April 29, 2016
I expect the Browns to keep this pick and select a player. We'll see though.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) April 29, 2016
6:40 PM: The second round is about 20 minutes away and the Browns still aren't set on what they are going to do!
Minutes ago, Browns still were uncertain whether they were keeping or dealing top pick in second round....— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2016
5:54 PM: Whenever the Browns are on the clock in the 2nd round, the pick will be announced by WR Paul Warfield. In the 3rd round, TE Gary Barnidge will announce the pick(s) -- it is unclear whether he'll get to do just one, or all three picks.
5:26 PM: Not much to talk about at the moment. Usually, the team's first round pick has a press conference in Berea on Friday, but there's been no news of such today, so maybe there will be something over the weekend.
Originally, we were going to have a new live blog thread up at 6:00 PM ET, leading up to the beginning of the second round at 7:00 PM ET. However, since the Browns pick first, I think we will keep this live blog up to get the initial reaction of the team's pick or trade. Then, at some point, we'll kick off another live blog / open thread for when the third round is close to starting.
4:29 PM: I just finished reading a long article by Jason La Canfora, focusing exclusively on the Browns' draft strategy. It's clear there are one or more executives out there who are still irked by the Browns' unconventional way of doing things. It's hard to summarize the article, so I'll just quote the little snippet below and encourage you to go read the rest.
As executives headed home late Thursday night and began comparing thoughts with their peers, Cleveland was certainly among the teams most talked about. Again.
3:46 PM: At least from a short-term PR perspective, I'm really glad the Browns were able to steer clear of this mess so their new regime could get off to a good start.
The Tunsil story gets more bizarre -- if that's possible. #Dolphins say an allergic reaction is keeping him from news conference.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) April 29, 2016
3:20 PM: I guess this is supposed to be a sign of faith in LB Myles Jack, but why wasn't this "news" yesterday?
Dr. James Andrews, who examined Myles Jack in December, told the UCLA LB today that he does not need micro-fracture surgery.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2016
3:14 PM: Last year, the Titans held the first pick on Day 2 at No. 33. At the start of the second round, they traded the pick to the Giants. The compensation received by Tennessee was the following: moving down to the Giants' 2nd round pick (No. 40), and then acquiring their 4th round pick (No. 108) and 7th round pick (No. 245).
That will be the bare minimum the Browns aim for this year, especially since there is a greater surplus of talent available in 2016. I expect the asking price to be much greater than what the Titans got a year ago, unless the team trying to move up is only two-three picks away and no one else "blows their socks off."
2:40 PM: It doesn't sound like ILB Reggie Ragland's medical concern will bother many teams:
In a survey of 11 teams, I'm told there is no concern about Reggie Ragland's minimally enlarged aorta. Expected to come off the board early.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) April 29, 2016
2:25 PM: Going through a few semi-cryptic tweets, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network believes the Seattle Seahawks "stole" OT Germain Ifedi from the Browns when they selected him with the final pick of the first round on Thursday.
2:18 PM: On Twitter, Lane Adkins of The OBR believes that LB Myles Jack will be drafted somewhere in the second round today. Regarding the Browns at No. 32 and fielding calls, Lane says "other teams have a specific player in mind [who they want to trade for]," but that the Browns haven't locked in to a player. With that said, there haven't committed themselves to making a trade yet.
1:30 PM: See the tweet below -- I was bringing up this exact point to my relatives earlier today in explaining what the Browns' philosophy was in acquiring lower-but-still-worthy assets:
#Browns really could revolutionize how teams approach the draft— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) April 29, 2016
Hitting on 20-25% of your 10+ picks >> hitting on 20-25% of your 5-7 picks
1:27 PM: Here are some general notes I've read today. First, the Dallas Cowboys wanted to trade up to get QB Paxton Lynch, but didn't give up enough.
Second, when OT Laremy Tunsil kept falling, the Jets were strongly considering trading up to get him before Miami did at No. 13. The Lions were the next team to take an offensive tackle at No. 16, so the Jets might have been calling the Browns at No. 15. The next wide receiver taken was the Texans at No. 21, so it's possible that if the Dolphins passed on Tunsil, Cleveland could've moved down to No. 20, still gotten Coleman, and acquired another asset (i.e. a third-rounder).
Third, there might be more medical concern for LB Myles Jack than there is for LB Jaylon Smith 2-3 years down the road. While Smith will get better after healing, Jack will slowly deteriorate. That has to be incredibly tough for a franchise to decide whether he's worth it, knowing he could be a ticking time bomb.
1:15 PM: Outstanding production on this YouTube video by the NFL, building up to the Browns selecting WR Corey Coleman on Thursday from his perspective. I always love seeing the raw emotions in a candid fashion -- from the anxiety to the pure joy of being drafted.
1:00 PM: For the second year in a row, Cleveland was the No. 1 TV audience to tune in to ESPN for the draft. Columbus and Dayton were also in the Top 4, so you can imagine how Browns fans are blowing other cities out of the water when it comes to draft interest. I guess people are right -- this is our Super Bowl.
Top-rated cities for ESPN's R1 Draft coverage:— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 29, 2016
1.Cle; 2 Columbus; 3. NOLA; 4. Dayton; 5. Birm; 6. Jax; 7. Philly; 8. Minn; 9. Buf; 10. Nash
12:55 PM: Here are a couple of more reports from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that the Browns will probably move out of No. 32 as teams are fascinated with what the talent still available. I wouldn't be surprised if the Browns move back to No. 34, and then move back again.
Pretty strong consensus around the league the Browns end up trading out of the top pick tonight. Someone could be moving up for a QB or DL— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 29, 2016
Consensus from evaluators: More talented players available than anticipated. May increase trades in early 2nd. Dallas could move up or back— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2016
There is a ton of action right now w/ the #Browns No. 32 pick. They'll have to LOVE a player there not to accept one of these offers.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 29, 2016
12:50 PM: Former Browns CEO Joe Banner complimented the front office's handling of things:
Browns completely dominate first round, and the "football guys" and pundits don't seem to have even noticed.— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) April 29, 2016
With the assets gained, Banner said the Browns got "massively more than anyone else got out of the first round." It's no surprise that Banner loved what Cleveland did, as he had many of the same asset-acquisition philosophies when he was running things. Remember, he'll go down in history for somehow getting a first-round pick back for RB Trent Richardson. His philosophy was never the problem -- it was the fact that he and then-GM Michael Lombardi were viewed as toxic around the league. The new regime -- painted over-the-top as focusing on "analytics," might be in their own corner, but aren't viewed as toxic. In fact, they have the opportunity to become trend-setters.
12:34 PM: So, my thinking was that convention says when a team has a ton of draft picks, they will eventually move merge some of those assets together for a higher pick. Because if you draft, say, 15 players this year and expect them all to pan out, how are you going to have the capital to sign all of those players when they are ready to become free agents down the road? According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, though, the Browns might be looking to add up to 4-6 more draft picks!
#Browns have 11 picks total, today and tomorrow. I'm told they want to acquire at least 4-6 more. … What's the record for most picks ever?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2016
One of those teams who could be looking to move up is the Dallas Cowboys, per Rapoport. If the Browns move down, it would only be two spots to No. 34 overall, where they'd still likely get the player they want:
12:25 PM: Over the next half hour, I'm going to try to catch up on a bunch of rumor/relevant tweets that were posted after I finished last night's live blog. Let's start with a little intrigue on LB Myles Jack still being available (this came after midnight last night).
I can tell you this: Hue Jackson was surprised Myles Jack wasn't taken tonight. Browns do have first pick tomorrow.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 29, 2016
12:14 PM: Yesterday, the Browns posted a video of them calling WR Corey Coleman and telling him they were going to select him with the 15th overall pick of the draft. According to the video on the projector in the background, the Browns made the call to Coleman when they had about 5:39 left on the clock. Sashi Brown, Hue Jackson, and Al Saunders each briefly talked to Coleman.
12:10 PM: Here is the Cumulative DBN Big Board, following up on our previous update. The rankings for this one have been reset starting at No. 1, instead of listing their original ranking. The asterisks denote significant medical concerns.
DBN Big Board
|1||LB Myles Jack*|
|2||DE Noah Spence|
|3||CB Mackensie Alexander|
|4||WR Michael Thomas|
|5||ILB Reggie Ragland*|
|6||DT Jarran Reed|
|7||DT Andrew Billings|
|8||DT A'Shawn Robinson|
|9||DE Emmanuel Ogbah|
|10||DE Kevin Dodd|
|11||OLB Jaylon Smith*|
|12||S Vonn Bell|
|13||TE Hunter Henry|
|14||OG Cody Whitehair|
|15||DT Chris Jones|
|16||OT Jason Spriggs|
|17||WR Sterling Shepherd|
|18||WR Tyler Boyd|
|19||RB Derrick Henry|
|20||DE Shilique Calhoun|
|21||WR Leonte Carroo|
|22||WR Braxton Miller|
|23||DE Kamalei Correa|
|24||WR Rashard Higgins|
|25||QB Connor Cook|
|26||DE Jonathan Bullard|
|27||WR Mike Thomas|
|28||TE Nick Vannett|
|29||OT Le'Raven Clark|
|30||LB Joshua Perry|
|31||DT Sheldon Day|
|32||LB Su'a Cravens|
|33||ILB Kentrell Brothers|
|34||RB Devontae Booker|
|35||DT Austin Johnson|
|36||S Miles Killebrew|
|37||LB Scooby Wright III|
|38||DT Adolphus Washington|
|39||C Nick Martin|
|40||K Roberto Aguayo|
12:01 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
|10||Myles Jack||5||Myles Jack||6||Myles Jack||6||Myles Jack|
|12||Reggie Ragland||7||Jaylon Smith||11||Chris Jones||10||Noah Spence|
|16||Michael Thomas||9||Noah Spence||17||Cody Whitehair||19||Derrick Henry|
|17||Leonard Floyd||12||Mackensie Alexander||18||Mackenzie Alexander||22||Mike Thomas|
|21||Jason Spriggs||17||Michael Thomas||21||Jarran Reed||24||Vonn Bell|
|22||Leonte Carroo||22||Sterling Shepard||22||Andrew Billings||25||Jarran Reed|
|23||Jarran Reed||25||Hunter Henry||24||Shilique Calhoun||27||Mackenzie Alexander|
|26||Braxton Miller||26||Chris Jones||26||Sterling Shepard||28||Kevin Dodd|
|27||Mike Thomas||28||Vonn Bell||27||Jaylon Smith||31||A'Shawn Robinson|
|29||Mackensie Alexander||29||Andrew Billings||28||Reggie Ragland||32||Andrew Billings|
|30||Kamalei Coorea||30||Tyler Boyd||29||Leonte Carroo||33||Cody Whitehair|
|31||Vonn Bell||32||Emmanuel Ogbah||30||Michael Thomas||34||Jason Spriggs|
|33||Kevin Dodd||33||Leonte Carroo||31||Sheldon Day||35||Emmanuel Ogbah|
|34||Noah Spence||34||Cody Whitehair||32||Jonathan Bullard||36||Tyler Boyd|
|35||A'Shawn Robinson||35||Kevin Dodd||33||Noah Spence||40||Kamalei Correa|
|36||Kentrell Brothers||37||Joshua Perry||34||Emmanuel Ogbah||41||Hunter Henry|
|37||Cody Whitehair||38||Shilique Calhoun||35||Rashard Higgins||43||Nick Vannett|
|38||Le'Raven Clark||39||Braxton Miller||36||Hunter Henry||44||Devontae Booker|
|39||Andrew Billings||41||Kendall Fuller||38||Austin Johnson||45||Braxton Miller|
|41||Emmanuel Ogbah||42||Le'Raven Clark||40||Su'a Cravens|
||Nick Martin||43||Devontae Booker||41
||Scooby Wright III
||Tyler Boyd||44||Jonathan Bullard||43
DAY 2 - PLAYERS REMAINING ON DBN DRAFT BIG BOARDS
DBN Big Board
|3||Myles Jack||5||Myles Jack||4||Myles Jack||6||Myles Jack|
|13||A'Shawn Robinson||12||Hunter Henry||15||A'Shawn Robinson||14||Reggie Ragland|
|15||Reggie Ragland||14||Noah Spence||17||Jarran Reed||16||Noah Spence|
|25||Mackensie Alexander||16||A'Shawn Robinson||18||Reggie Ragland||17||Michael Thomas|
|26||Jarran Reed||18||Mackenzie Alexander||22||Jason Spriggs||19||Emmanuel Ogbah|
|27||Noah Spence||20||Reggie Ragland||24||Andrew Billings||25||Vonn Bell|
|30||Kevin Dodd||21||Jarran Reed||25||Emmanuel Ogbah||26||Mackensie Alexander|
|31||Derrick Henry||23||Sterling Shepard||28||Chris Jones||27||Connor Cook|
|34||Emmanuel Ogbah||24||Andrew Billings||29||Mackensie Alexander||28||Jaylon Smith|
|35||Kamalei Correa||28||Jaylon Smith||30||Michael Thomas||30||Tyler Boyd|
|36||Michael Thomas||30||Derrick Henry||31||Rashard Higgins||32||Andrew Billings|
|37||Andrew Billings||31||Michael Thomas||33||Tyler Boyd||34||Kevin Dodd|
|38||Jason Spriggs||34||Chris Jones||34||Noah Spence||35||A'Shawn Robinson|
|40||Kendall Fuller||35||Kevin Dodd||35||Shilique Calhoun||38||Jason Spriggs|
|41||Shilique Calhoun||39||Miles Killebrew||36||Nick Vannett||40||Shilique Calhoun|
|42||Hunter Henry||40||Vonn Bell||38||Hunter Henry||41||Cody Whitehair|
||42||Emmanuel Ogbah||39||Braxton Miller||42||Derrick Henry|
||43||Cody Whitehair||41||Su'a Cravens||43||Jarran Reed|
|44||Connor Cook||42||Sterling Shepard||44||Joshua Perry|
|45||Roberto Aguayo||43||Cody Whitehair||45||Kendall Fuller|
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:
- Browns vs. Titans: Who Gained More Assets?
- Grading the Cleveland Browns' First-Round
- Best Players Available for Browns' Needs on Day 2
- Day 1 Recap: Browns Draft WR Corey Coleman at No. 15
The Browns have 4 picks today -- No. 32 overall in the 2nd round & No. 65, 76, and 77 overall in the 3rd round.