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It is Friday, and later tonight, rounds 2-3 in the 2017 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
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6:20 PM: Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New York Giants were also trying to get QB Patrick Mahomes yesterday:
Giants tried to trade up for for QB Patrick Mahomes and were "very disappointed" they weren't able to get it done, per @AnitaMarks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2017
6:00 PM: According to ESPN, the city of Cleveland had the highest TV ratings for the NFL Draft for the fourth straight year. I’m not kidding when I say it is our Super Bowl:
For the 4th straight yr, Cleveland is No. 1 market for ESPN's Rd 1 #NFLDraft telecast: 12.6 rtg. Host city Philly is 2nd w/ a 9.1.— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) April 28, 2017
Per ESPN’s press release, after Cleveland and Philly, the following markets followed: Columbus, Ohio (9.0), Greenville, S.C. (8.7), Birmingham, Ala. (7.6), Dayton (7.6), Charlotte (6.9), New Orleans (6.9), Buffalo (6.8) and Norfolk, Va. (6.6).
5:37 PM: Former NFL WR Steve Smith just ripped the shit out of QB Brock Osweiler on an NFL pre-draft show:
.@89SteveSmith on Brock Osweiler is pic.twitter.com/CJUq0dtsxt— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) April 28, 2017
5:12 PM: Going off our draft tracker of Browns’ interests, two of the team’s three first round picks were on there (Garrett and Njoku). Both of them were among the group of 30 players the team had brought to Berea.
The players remaining who were brought to Berea include: QB DeShone Kizer, RB Dalvin Cook, RB Joe Mixon, WR Malachi Dupre, TE Bucky Hodges, OG Sean Harlow, DL Caleb Brantley, CB Kevin King, S Josh Jones, S Quincy Wilson, S Obi Melifonwu. With the exception of Dupre and Harlow, everyone else are expected to be drafted today.
There are also players remaining from our “workout” or “other” column, including: Among those players who could end up being drafted today: QB Davis Webb, RB Kareem Hunt, WR Dede Westbrook, TE Adam Shaheen, TE Jordan Leggett, OG Dan Feeney, OG Dion Dawkins, DE Jordan Willis, CB Teez Tabor, CB Cameron Sutton, and S Marcus Maye.
4:44 PM: Something to think about: the Jets are looking to trade DT Sheldon Richardson again. Nothing has connected him to the Browns -- this is just a report about the Jets in general.
#Jets have been making calls regarding a potential trade of DL Sheldon Richardson. This was their plan coming in. Won’t give him away, tho— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017
4:42 PM: The introductory presser is complete. I don’t know if there is really much to report; this is more of a thing where you just get to know the people more. I will say that I am in awe of the confidence and personality that DE Myles Garrett has, and all three players felt a sense of belonging. They each had a feeling they were headed to Cleveland, and Njoku talked about how RB Duke Johnson and former S Tracy Howard had talked up Cleveland.
4:26 PM: The Browns’ first-round picks have been holding their introductory press conferences in Berea:
#Browns 1st round picks during their introductory press conference. Questions include Manziel, dinosaurs, poems, and OSU-Michigan. pic.twitter.com/Un4LPSA4Rf— Dawgs By Nature (@DawgsByNature) April 28, 2017
3:42 PM: Over the last 24 hours, I’ve heard reports about the Browns connected to four veteran quarterbacks on other teams. Three of those reports have had conflicting reports between different national media outlets, with the latest being about QB A.J. McCarron. ESPN’s Josina Anderson says no talks have happened with Cleveland:
Meanwhile, just asked a #Bengals source if the #Browns have been in touch on QB AJ Mccarron so far. The answer: "No."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 28, 2017
Where there is smoke, there’s fire. Last night, the Browns said they would not rest until they found a quarterback. I’m bracing myself for the club to acquire someone. Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer indicated that the Patriots did not give an out-right “no” to the Browns on QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but rather a, “not enough” with respect to compensation.
My guess is that the #Patriots told the #Browns "not enough'' last night instead of a flat out "no'' on Jimmy Garoppolo— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) April 28, 2017
3:24 PM: Over at Draft Analyst, Tony Pauline had an interesting observation of the Houston Texans’ war room after they made the trade up with the Browns and then selected QB Deshaun Watson. Things did not seem very enthusiastic:
Several years ago I wrote a story on the Houston Texans having two cards filled out the night they made Jadeveon Clowney the first pick of the 2014 draft. The other card had the name of Blake Bortles on it. I’m wondering if we’ll ever learn the real story as to what happened in the Texans war room last night.
Unlike the handshakes, hugs and backslapping that went on in other war rooms, many in Houston looked as though they had just awoken on Christmas morning and found no presents under the tree after it was announced the team traded up and selected quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watching the stone-faced expression on the face of head coach Bill O’Brien and the subdued attitude of those sitting at their desks made me and others I was with feel something was not right.
If that organization is in chaos this upcoming season, those 2018 picks the Browns have from them (in rounds 1 and 2) could make Sashi Brown and company look all-them-more like geniuses.
3:22 PM: And now, the Browns have officially released TE Gary Barnidge.
3:08 PM: Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Chicago Bears’ interest in QB Mitchell Trubisky was so secret that even head coach John Fox did not know about the intent to draft him until hours before the draft:
Wow. Per @mortreport, even @ChicagoBears coach John Fox didn’t know about plan to draft QB Mitchell Trubisky until a couple hours before.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) April 28, 2017
It’s also worth noting that Mike Silver of the NFL Network has been saying on Twitter that the Browns did not make a serious effort to go up to No. 2 overall, but rather there was another unnamed team that wanted to get there for Trubisky.
3:00 PM: Our story on the Browns possibly releasing TE Gary Barnidge is now up. As I state in the article, though, this smells a lot more like them trying to find a trade suitor for him.
2:47 PM: DBN Radio, led by Ezweav, is live again, talking the Browns and the draft:
2:38 PM: Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Browns and Bengals have discussed a trade for QB A.J. McCarron, but Cincinnati’s price for him is too high:
#Browns & #Bengals touched base regarding a potential trade for QB AJ McCarron. Doesn’t sound like they’ve gotten too far. Price is high.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017
2:18 PM: Wow! I stepped away a little to do something for work (my actual work) while I’m off during the draft, and I see that the Browns are releasing TE Gary Barnidge. I’ll work up a separate story on it in a bit.
I want to thank the Cleveland Browns for giving me my opportunity and looking forward to seeing the change. Time for the next step.— Gary Barnidge (@garybarnidge) April 28, 2017
2:16 PM: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns touched based with the Patriots on QB Jimmy Garoppolo again on Thursday, but were told that he’s still not available.
Browns inquired last night about trading for Patriots' QB Jimmy Garappolo and were told, once again, NE not interested, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2017
1:33 PM: Something to look forward to a little later: the Browns are scheduled to hold a “welcome” press conference at 4:00 PM ET in Berea for DE Myles Garrett, S Jabrill Peppers, and TE David Njoku.
1:20 PM: One more rumor from Lane Adkins of The OBR on Twitter: he says the Browns are seeking an additional second-round pick tonight.
1:18 PM: So even though we’ve heard rumors that the Browns lost out on QB Patrick Mahomes yesterday, Lane Adkins of The OBR is hearing that the Cleveland Browns were trying to move up to get QB Mitchell Trubisky and had “quite a bit of land they were open to surrendering.”
For anyone discounting the Browns affinity for Mitch Trubisly….they continued to pursue him up until the Bears deal with SF— LA (@TheRealLA__) April 28, 2017
My interpretation of this is that Cleveland was probably planning to move up to No. 5 overall with the Tennessee Titans, and were stunned when Chicago moved up to No. 2 to take Trubisky. They probably didn’t even think Chicago would take him at No. 3 if he was there. It might also explain why the Titans took forever to make their pick at No. 5 — they might have been seeing if a trade of some kind was still salvageable, but when nothing materialized, they had to pick a wide receiver early.
1:15 PM: Speaking of PFF, they also just posted their Day 2 mock draft, which includes both the second and third rounds. They are the first site I’ve seen so far to have the Browns go after another defensive lineman today:
No. 52 - DL DeMarcus Walker: Walker’s biggest problem is that he lacks a true position in the NFL, which is why he isn’t off the board until now. His ideal role is as a 3-tech as an interior pass-rusher, and as a base 4-3 defensive end. When he’s on the field he makes plays though, and his 17 sacks were second-most in the nation in 2016.
No. 65 - QB Brad Kaaya: The Browns passed on quarterbacks on Day 1, but have shown that they are willing to cast the net wide to try to find their quarterback, and they snag Kaaya this time. A four-touchdown display against Pitt was the highlight of Kaaya’s final season with the Hurricanes adding another option in the Browns’ QB room.
1:10 PM: Yesterday, Pro Football Focus was providing live analysis on each pick in the first round. Let’s take a look at what they had to say about the Browns’ three first-round selections.
- Garrett ranked among the nation’s top five edge defenders in all three of his seasons at Texas A&M. ... He improved his run defense in every season, grading at 87.8 in 2016 and finishing third in the country among edge defenders. ... Picked up 31 sacks, 35 QB hits, and 98 hurries on 978 rushes at Texas A&M.
- 2016 second-round draft pick Emmanuel Ogbah was the only player on the Browns roster in 2016 to register more than seven quarterback knockdowns (sacks and hits).
- Peppers brings position flexibility: In 2016, he lined up as a free safety 67 times, as a box safety 452 times, and as a cornerback 236 times. ... He led all draft-eligible non-kickers and punters in terms of special-teams grade in 2016.
- Peppers’ 5.9 run-stop percentage in 2016 ranked seventh among 109 qualified draft-eligible safeties. ... His 10.7 tackle efficiency rating (the number of attempted tackles made per each missed tackle) ranked 20th among 119 qualified draft-eligible safeties this season. Peppers was an especially sure tackler in coverage, missing just one tackle on 18 attempts.
- Njoku should give the Browns formation flexibility to run two tight end sets, with him either in the slot or in-line, while Gary Barnridge stays in-line. ... Njoku’s 2.34 yards per route run ranked second among draft-eligible tight ends with at least 50 targets last season.
- He led the nation among tight ends with 483 yards after the catch, and his 15 broken tackles were second-most at the position. ... 31 of his 43 receptions came when lined up in the slot. ... All five of his drops came on passes under 10 yards in the air from the line of scrimmage.
1:00 PM: In Dan Kadar’s 2nd round mock on SB Nation, he thinks the Browns should get CB Quincy Wilson at No. 52 overall.
12:50 PM: There are some Day 2 mock drafts, so let’s take a look at them:
DANE BRUGLER, CBS SPORTS (link)
No. 52 - QB Josh Dobbs: The Browns are expected to draft a quarterback at some point and the coaches had Dobbs in Mobile.
No. 52 - CB Sidney Jones: This isn't a pressing need with Joe Haden, Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun all in the fold. Jones was our No. 12 overall prospect before tearing his Achilles at Washington's pro day. If he checks out medically, he represents an upgrade at the starting spot opposite Haden, who has had some problems staying healthy.
EMILY KAPLAN, MMQB (link)
No. 52 - S Marcus Maye: Maye can set the tone with his physicality. Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, Maye—the defense might not be bad in 2018.
No. 65 - WR Chris Godwin: The Browns have a ton of picks, but they still can use a little bit of everything. The Penn State wideout is deceptively fast and brings another playmaker to the offense.
LANCE ZIERLEIN, NFL (link)
No. 52 - CB Kevin King: Long-limbed cornerback with size and ball skills. Could be a steal here.
No. 65 - DE Tanoh Kpassagnon
12:30 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||DL Malik McDowell|
|2||S Budda Baker|
|3||OG Forrest Lamp|
|4||RB Dalvin Cook|
|5||OT Cam Robinson|
|6||CB Kevin King|
|7||S Obi Melifonwu|
|8||CB Chidobe Awuzie|
|9||ILB Zach Cunningham|
|10||CB Sidney Jones|
|11||DB Quincy Wilson|
|12||S Marcus Williams|
|13||OL Pat Elflein|
|14||RB Joe Mixon|
|15||CB Teez Tabor|
|16||QB DeShone Kizer|
|17||OLB Tim Williams|
|18||DE Caleb Brantley|
|19||RB Curtis Samuel|
|20||CB Jourdan Lewis|
|21||S Josh Jones|
|22||S Marcus Maye|
|23||DE Carl Lawson|
|24||RB Alvin Kamara|
|25||CB Cordrea Tankersley|
|26||OL Dorian Johnson|
|27||LB Tyus Bowser|
|28||DE Tarell Basham|
|29||WR Zay Jones|
|30||TE Gerald Everett|
|31||LB Raekwon McMillan|
|32||DE Chris Wormley|
|33||S Justin Evans|
|34||TE Adam Shaheen|
|35||RB Marcus Sanders-Williams|
|36||WR JuJu Smith-Schuster|
|37||TE Bucky Hodges|
|38||WR Carlos Henderson|
|39||OLB Ryan Anderson|
|40||WR Cooper Kupp|
|41||WR ArDarius Stewart|
|42||RB D'Onta Foreman|
|43||DL Tanoh Kpassagnon|
|44||QB Joshua Dobbs|
|45||S Desmond King|
|46||DL Larry Ogunjobi|
|47||TE Jake Butt|
|48||DL Montravius Adams|
12:15 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
|14||Malik McDowell||12||Sidney Jones||14||Malik McDowell||17||Zach Cunningham|
|15||Budda Baker||13||Chidobe Awuzie||15||Forrest Lamp||18||Budda Baker|
|19||Teez Tabor||14||DeShone Kizer||20||Kevin King||20||Kevin King|
|28||Forrest Lamp||19||Jourdan Lewis||26||Dalvin Cook||23||Cam Robinson|
|32||Sidney Jones||23||Joe Mixon||30||Cam Robinson||24||Malik McDowell|
|33||Kevin King||24||Budda Baker||33||Tyus Bowser||25||Obi Melifonwu|
|35||Josh Jones||25||Malik McDowell||37||DeShone Kizer||26||Quincy Wilson|
|36||Quincy Wilson||26||Obi Melifonwu||39||Carl Lawson||28||Chidobe Awuzie|
|37||Marcus Maye||28||Dalvin Cook||40||Obi Melifonwu||31||Marlon Humphrey|
|38||Obi Melifonwu||32||Pat Elflein||41||Budda Baker||32||Cordrea Tankersley|
|39||Marcus Williams||35||Tim Williams||42||Marcus S-Williams||33||Marcus Williams|
|40||Justin Evans||36||Curtis Samuel||43||Curtis Samuel||35||Forrest Lamp|
|41||Chidobe Awuzie||37||Kevin King||44||Quincy Wilson||36||Pat Elflein|
|42||Taco Charlton||42||Marcus Maye||45||Marcus Maye||39||Zay Jones|
|43||Caleb Brantley||43||Josh Jones||46||Josh Jones||42||Carl Lawson|
|44||Cam Robinson||44||Carlos Henderson||47||Raekwon McMillan||44||Josh Jones|
|45||Cooper Kupp||45||Caleb Brantley||48||Chris Wormley||45||Raekwon McMillan|
|46||Bucky Hodges||46||Teez Tabor||49||Cordrea Tankersley||46||D'Onta Foreman|
|47||Adam Shaheen||47||Alvin Kamara||50||Tim Williams||47||Tarell Basham|
|48||Joshua Dobbs||48||Raekwon McMillan||48||Alvin Kamara|
|49||Zach Cunningham||49||Forrest Lamp||49||Chris Wormley|
|50||Dalvin Cook||50||Montravius Adams||50||Adam Shaheen|
DAY 2 - PLAYERS REMAINING ON DBN DRAFT BIG BOARDS
DBN Big Board
|9||Dalvin Cook||13||Dalvin Cook||13||Malik McDowell||16||Dalvin Cook|
|13||Malik McDowell||23||Forrest Lamp||18||Marcus Williams||17||Budda Baker|
|18||Caleb Brantley||24||Malik McDowell||19||Cam Robinson||21||Obi Melifonwu|
|19||Cam Robinson||27||Obi Melifonwu||26||Forrest Lamp||23||Malik McDowell|
|24||Forrest Lamp||28||Budda Baker||30||Budda Baker||28||Chidobe Awuzie|
|27||Tim Williams||29||Joe Mixon||31||Dorian Johnson||31||Kevin King|
|32||Budda Baker||30||Kevin King||33||Pat Elflein||33||Cam Robinson|
|34||Pat Elflein||34||Chidobe Awuzie||34||Chidobe Awuzie||34||Forrest Lamp|
|35||Sidney Jones||35||Jourdan Lewis||37||Curtis Samuel||37||Zach Cunningham|
|36||Zach Cunningham||36||Tim Williams||38||Tarell Basham||38||Quincy Wilson|
|38||Gerald Everett||38||Quincy Wilson||39||Kevin King||39||Teez Tabor|
|39||Teez Tabor||39||Cam Robinson||40||Alvin Kamara||40||DeShone Kizer|
|41||Alvin Kamara||40||Curtis Samuel||41||Zach Cunningham||42||Joe Mixon|
|44||Ryan Anderson||41||Zach Cunningham||42||Joe Mixon||44||Marcus Williams|
|45||Marcus Maye||43||Carl Lawson||45||Teez Tabor||45||Sidney Jones|
|46||ArDarius Stewart||45||Chris Wormley||46||Obi Melifonwu||46||Josh Jones|
|47||JuJu Smith-Schuster||46||Tanoh Kpassagnon||47||Carl Lawson||47||JuJu Smith-Schuster|
|48||Curtis Samuel||47||Adam Shaheen||48||Larry Ogunjobi||48||Caleb Brantley|
|50||Jake Butt||48||Zay Jones||50||Quincy Wilson||49||Desmond King|
|49||Bucky Hodges||50||Zay Jones|
12:00 PM: Good afternoon, Browns fans, and welcome to Day 2 of the NFL Draft! In case you missed it, here are a couple of Day 1 recap articles for you to kill some time with:
- Recap: Browns take DE Myles Garrett, S Jabrill Peppers, TE David Njoku in 1st round
- 2017 NFL Draft Grades: Cleveland Browns' first-round earns a B+ again
The Browns have 2 picks today -- No. 52 overall in the 2nd round & No. 65 overall in the 3rd round. In the next half hour or so, we’ll try to get caught up on the players who are still available on our DBN Big Boards for the Browns.