With our round two live blog / open thread reaching over 1,200 comments, we figured we should start fresh for the third round of the draft.
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)
NFL Draft Live Blog
11:35 PM: Despite the surprising pick, the Browns still received a generous grade for taking QB Cody Kessler:
(93) Cleveland Browns: Cody Kessler | Grade: B-
One of the most accurate quarterbacks in the class, Kessler ranked third with a 78.2 percent accuracy percentage while finishing fourth with a 68.5 percent accuracy percentage under pressure. He struggled with passes beyond 20 yards (31st in accuracy percentage at 37.5 percent) but Kessler can run the offense and move the chains at the short and intermediate level.
11:23 PM: Day 2 of the NFL Draft is complete! The Browns will kick off Day 3 in the fourth round tomorrow with No. 99 and No. 100 overall.
11:21 PM: Here is how the third round ended after the Browns' pick:
- At No. 94, the Seattle Seahawks took TE Nick Vannett.
- At No. 95, the Detroit Lions took C Graham Glasgow.
- At No. 96, the New England Patriots took DT Vincent Valentine.
- At No. 97, the Seattle Seahawks took OT Rees Odhiambo.
- At No. 98, the Denver Broncos took S Justin Simmons.
11:17 PM: Some thoughts on Hue Jackson loving the pick of QB Cody Kessler:
Hue Jackson happiness level right now: Turnt up— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) April 30, 2016
Would guess Hue Jackson saw some Andy Dalton in Cody Kessler. 6'1/220. Had 67.5% career completion rate. Game manager prospect.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 30, 2016
Jackson got his Andy Dalton— LA (@TheRealLA__) April 30, 2016
11:12 PM: I can't help but notice who was in the room right as the Browns were making the selection of QB Cody Kessler, by the way:
11:10 PM: Remember that the Browns had met with QB Cody Kessler at the NFL Combine, where we briefly wrote about it.
11:08 PM: The Browns took QB Cody Kessler at No. 93 overall, which certainly isn't what fans expected. Our post on him is up here.
11:01 PM: At No. 92, the Arizona Cardinals selected CB Brandon Williams. The Browns are up!
11:00 PM: At No. 90, the Seattle Seahawks took RB C.J. Prosise. At No. 91, the New England Patriots drafted QB Jacoby Brissett.
10:58 PM: The Browns' pick at No. 93 is coming up soon, but let's get you updated with the PFF grades for DE Carl Nassib and OT Shon Coleman:
(65). Cleveland Browns: Carl Nassib | Grade: B+
One of the most productive edge defenders in the nation last year (+35.6 overall, 11th in class), Nassib dominated Senior Bowl week after pushing the pocket all fall for Penn State. He’s powerful at the point of attack, and even though he doesn’t have the change of direction skills scouts look for on the edge, he’s a disruptor who can win with his hands.
(76). Cleveland Browns: Shon Coleman | Grade: B-
It’s always difficult to evaluate offensive linemen in Auburn’s system, but Coleman had an impressive +27.5 overall grade that ranked sixth in the class. He can move linemen at the point of attack and while pass protection is always a projection coming from Auburn he’s shown the necessary skills and only surrendered 10 pressures in all of 2015.
10:56 PM: At No. 89, the Pittsburgh Steelers picked DT Javon Hargrave.
10:54 PM: At No. 88, the Green Bay Packers selected LB Kyler Fackrell.
10:50 PM: At No. 87, the Cincinnati Bengals got LB Nick Vigil.
10:48 PM: At No. 86, the Miami Dolphins took WR Leonte Carroo, another guy I was intrigued by.
10:45 PM: At No. 85, many Browns fans weep as the Houston Texans selected WR Braxton Miller.
10:42 PM: At No. 84, the Washington Redskins took CB Kendall Fuller. Surprising he fell as far as he did.
10:35 PM: At No. 82, the Indianapolis Colts selected OT Le'Raven Clark. Do I get bonus points for mocking him to the Colts in the first round? At No. 83, the New York Jets talk LB Jordan Jenkins.
10:31 PM: At No. 81, the Atlanta Falcons grabbed TE Austin Hooper.
10:27 PM: Let's quickly try to catch up on these picks we missed on:
- At No. 78, the New England Patriots took OT Joe Thuney.
- At No. 79, the Philadelphia Eagles took C Isaac Seumalo.
- At No. 80, the Buffalo Bills took DT Adolphus Washington.
10:25 PM: At No. 77, the Carolina Panthers took CB Daryl Worley.
10:24 PM: At No. 77, the Browns traded the pick to the Carolina Panthers. The Browns will be back on the clock at No. 93 tonight, and they picked up an extra 4th rounder tomorrow. The parameters of the trade are here.
10:23 PM: At No. 76, the Cleveland Browns selected OT Shon Coleman. Our post on him is up here.
10:13 PM: At No. 75, the Oakland Raiders took DE Shilique Calhoun.
10:09 PM: At No. 74, the Kansas City Chiefs got DB KeiVarae Russell. Seriously, how the hell does Mike Mayock have scouting reports memorized on all these guys!?! The Browns are up in two picks for two in a row!
10:08 PM: At No. 73, the Miami Dolphins selected RB Kenyan Drake, trying to make up for not getting Zeke in the first round.
10:05 PM: The Chicago Bears took DE Jonathan Bullard at No. 72, who many pegged as a first-round pick. Not clear why he slipped.
10:01 PM: The Browns did a good job of keeping their interest in DE Carl Nassib a secret during the process. We didn't have him on our draft tracker at all, but he says he met with the Browns about 5-7 times during the process:
Carl Nassib said he met w/ #Browns "probably 7 times...5-7 times" during the process— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) April 30, 2016
9:59 PM: At No. 71, the New York Giants selected S Darian Thompson.
9:57 PM: At No. 70, the Baltimore Ravens picked DE Bronson Kaufusi.
9:53 PM: At No. 68, the San Francisco 49ers took CB Will Redmond. At No. 69, the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted LB Yannick Ngakoue. The Browns come up at No. 76 again, followed by No. 77. I expect another wide receiver with one of the picks, possibly WR Leonte Carroo.
9:48 PM: One thing you can say is that PFF is loving all of our picks from an analytics perspective:
Carl Nassib's 31.3 third down pass rush productivity score was the best mark for Edge defenders in the NFL Draft— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2016
9:47 PM: The Tennessee Titans took S Kevin Byard to start the third round at No. 64. The Browns then followed that up by drafting DE Carl Nassib with the No. 65 pick. Our article on him is up here. The San Diego Chargers nabbed C Max Tuerk at No. 66, followed by the Dallas Cowboys getting DT Maliek Collins at No. 67. I think we're caught up...for now!
9:34 PM: I think the Browns are technically on the clock now; the NFL just has to announce these on TV. The Denver Broncos just took DT Adam Gotsis at No. 63 with the final pick of the second round..
9:33 PM: At No. 62, the Carolina Panthers got CB James Bradberry. Three picks away!
9:28 PM: Well, the Saints just took two Buckeyes in the second round -- first WR Michael Thomas, and now they traded up at the end of the round to grab S Vonn Bell at No. 61.
9:26 PM: For those of you who are following the live blog portion still, here are the remaining players on our cumulative DBN Big Board (rankings are heading in to today):
7. DT Andrew Billings
12. S Vonn Bell
20. DE Shilique Calhoun
21. WR Leonte Carroo
22. WR Braxton Miller
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
33. ILB Kentrell Brothers
34. RB Devontae Booker
36. S Miles Killebrew
37. LB Scooby Wright III
38. DT Adolphus Washington
9:25 PM: The New England Patriots just made their first pick of the draft at No. 60 with CB Cyrus Jones.
9:19 PM: WHOA! At No. 59, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to take K Roberto Aguayo!
9:18 PM: At No. 58, the Pittsburgh Steelers picked CB Sean Davis. They are loading up on the position. The Browns are just seven picks away now!
9:14 PM: At No. 57, the Indianapolis Colts took CB T.J. Green.
9:12 PM: The fans in Chicago get to finally rejoice! The Bears drafted OG Cody Whitehair at No. 56, and he was the 3rd-highest remaining prospect on our DBN Big Board.
9:07 PM: Here we go -- there are only about seven picks left in the second round, and the Browns will be on the clock at No. 65, No. 76, and then No. 77.