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Rounds 2-3 of NFL Draft rumors for the Cleveland Browns.

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[NEW LIVE BLOG FOR THE BEGINNING OF ROUND 2 IS HERE]

It’s Friday and later tonight, rounds 2-3 in the 2018 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 (compensatory 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

NOTE: We have a NEW live blog for the start of the 2nd round here.


6:00 PM: Hall of Fame Browns RB Jim Brown will be announcing the Browns’ second round picks tonight (or at least one of them). Should Cleveland trade into the third round, TE Randall Telfer would announce the pick.


5:39 PM: Are we sure that the mainstream media isn’t just reading DBN (I’m kidding)? Albert Breer of The MMQB echoed what I suggested earlier about the Browns going after RB Nick Chubb and OT Connor Williams.


5:15 PM: We also have Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports talking up Cleveland’s interest in RB Nick Chubb. My question would be whether the selection of a high running back hurts the negotiations at all for RB Duke Johnson, either from his end or the Browns’ end.


4:35 PM: According to Benjamin Allbright, the Browns are “out on RB Derrius Guice, but in on RB Nick Chubb.” He also thinks they could look for an offensive lineman early on. Due to the injury concerns to DE Harold Landry, if I go off the next two players on my personal big board, the Browns should take OT Connor Williams and RB Nick Chubb if they stay put at No. 33 and No. 35.


4:15 PM: We’ve been listening to the press conference in Berea for the team’s Day 1 picks, QB Baker Mayfield and CB Denzel Ward.


3:08 PM: One of the biggest prospects to have fallen is DT Maurice Hurst, due to concerns about his health. Pro Football Focus still wonders who will take the risk on him, as he is their No. 3 overall-rated prospect (not just today, but for the entire draft).

But at least one person believes that he won’t even be drafted due to his hear condition:


3:00 PM: Going off our draft tracker of Browns’ interests, both of the team’s two first round picks were on there (Mayfield and Ward). Both of them were among the group of 30 players the team had brought to Berea (although Ward was technically part of the local day).

The players remaining who were brought to Berea include: WR Antonio Callaway, WR Da’Mari Scott, OT Desmond Harrison, OT Jordan Mailata, DT Maurice Hurst, DT P.J. Hall, DT Zaycoven Henderson, DT Jullian Taylor, CB Arrion Springs, CB Tremon Smith, CB Simeon Thomas, CB Charvarius Ward, and FS Tarvarius Moore.


2:48 PM: And this is example 1,536 why I don’t listen to WKNR. I’m with 92.3 the Fan all the way.


2:30 PM: Former Browns LT Joe Thomas was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show (available on DIRECTV CH. 239) this morning, where he said that he would have taken QB Josh Rosen with the No. 1 overall pick if it were up to him. He still thinks taking Mayfield is a great pick, but that his advice for him is to “keep his head down and mouth shut as a rookie, learning all he can for the team.” Thomas also advised Mayfield to “not forget the most important job is to learn the offense, do what’s best for the team, and win.”


2:15 PM: According to Benjamin Allbright, RB Saquon Barkley and QB Josh Allen “were never in the Browns’ plans.” We still haven’t seen anything following up on the PFT report yesterday that the team made a last-second switch from DE Bradley Chubb to CB Denzel Ward.


1:42 PM: In terms of positions, the consistent theme is that people expect the Browns to target (in no particular order) running back, offensive tackle, and defensive line tonight.


1:40 PM: As promised earlier, Dane Brugler’s Day 2 mock draft is out, and here is who he has the Cleveland Browns taking:

No. 33 - RB Derrius Guice: As long as the medicals and character checks out, Guice is a first round value.

No. 35 - OT Connor Williams: With Joe Thomas retired, Cleveland could use reinforcements on the offensive line.

No. 64 - DT Nathan Shepherd: It would be a surprise if the Browns don’t upgrade the defensive line at some point on Friday night.


12:15 PM: One little note for later on: QB Baker Mayfield and CB Denzel Ward are scheduled to have their introductory press conference at 3:45 PM. But they just arrived in the building in Berea, and will also be throwing out the first pitch later tonight at the Indians game.


12:10 PM: Even though we listed our cumulative big board of the best available players, there are three other resources I recommend looking at to see their recommendations of the top talent still available:


12:00 PM: Let’s take a look at some of the Day 2 mock drafts and who people are pegging to go to the Cleveland Browns, based on the talent that remains available.

Albert Breer, MMQB (link)

No. 33 - OT Connor Williams: Opinions are split on Williams. But he has some potential to play left tackle, which is a big need for the Browns.

No. 35 - RB Nick Chubb: This is a hunch, and it would have surprised me yesterday at noon if you told me four backs would go before Guice.

No. 64 - WR D.J. Chark: If Chark or a player like him were to fall into John Dorsey’s lap, could former first-round pick Corey Coleman come available?

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com (link)

No. 33 - RB Nick Chubb: The Browns didn’t get Saquon Barkley, but they do get a quality RB for the offensive re-boot.

No. 35 - OL Austin Corbett: Versatile offensive lineman with the potential to play tackle, guard or center.

No. 64 - WR Anthony Miller: Former walk-on with a chip on his shoulder ... sounds like a certain QB in Cleveland.

In addition, Dan Kadar of SB Nation mocked the Browns to end up with RB Derrius Guice (No. 33), DT Maurice Hurst (No. 35), and OT Tyrell Crosby (No. 64). The one other mock draft I’m waiting for is to see what Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout has in store for us, but that isn’t up yet.


11:36 AM: 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.

#
Cumulative
DBN Big Board
1 DT Maurice Hurst
2 CB Josh Jackson
3 DE Harold Landry
4 RB Derrius Guice
5 DT Connor Williams
6 CB Isaiah Oliver
7 OG Will Hernandez
8 S Justin Reid
9 RB Ronald Jones
10 DE Sam Hubbard
11 WR Christian Kirk
12 RB Nick Chubb
13 WR Courtland Sutton
14 DE Arden Key
15 TE Mike Gesicki
16 CB Carlton Davis
17 OT Orlando Brown
18 WR D.J. Chark
19 OT Jamarco Jones
20 DT Harrison Phillips
21 S Ronnie Harrison
22 WR Dante Pettis
23 C James Daniels
24 TE Mark Andrews
25 WR Anthony Miller
26 DT Tim Settle
27 WR Deon Cain
28 OT Geron Christian

11:30 AM: 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
#
Chris Pokorny
#
Matt Wood
#
rufio
15 Harold Landry 8 Harold Landry 9 Maurice Hurst
17 Connor Williams 11 Maurice Hurst 15 Justin Reid
22 Nick Chubb 12 Josh Jackson 17 Christian Kirk
23 Ronald Jones 15 Will Hernandez 18 Sam Hubbard
24 Derrius Guice 17 Derrius Guice 19 Derrius Guice
25 Maurice Hurst 20 Mike Gesicki 20 Harold Landry
26 Isaiah Oliver 23 Christian Kirk 23 Josh Jackson
27 Justin Reid 27 Orlando Brown 24 Isaiah Oliver
32 Harrison Phillips 28 Isaiah Oliver 25 Carlton Davis
34 D.J. Chark 29 Connor Williams 28 Ronald Jones
35 Will Hernandez 30 Jamarco Jones 34 Connor Williams
36 Isaiah Wynn 31 Dante Pettis 35 Tim Settle
38 Orlando Brown 32 Sam Hubbard 37 Jamarco Jones
39 Sam Hubbard 34 Mark Andrews 38 D.J. Chark
35 Anthony Miller 40 Nick Chubb
36 Deon Cain
37 Arden Key
38 Harrison Phillips
39 Carlton Davis

DAY 2 - PLAYERS REMAINING ON DBN DRAFT BIG BOARDS
#
Andrea Hangst
#
Mike Hoag
#
DBN Big Board
19 Will Hernandez 17 Josh Jackson 15 Maurice Hurst
22 Maurice Hurst 18 Harold Landry 16 Josh Jackson
23 Derrius Guice 19 Derrius Guice 20 Derrius Guice
24 Arden Key 22 Maurice Hurst 22 Connor Williams
26 Harold Landry 26 Will Hernandez 23 Harold Landry
28 Josh Jackson 27 Ronnie Harrison 26 Isaiah Oliver
32 Connor Williams 29 Isaiah Oliver 29 Nick Chubb
33 Courtland Sutton 30 Ronald Jones 31 Courtland Sutton
36 Justin Reid 34 Connor Williams 32 Sam Hubbard
37 Geron Christian 35 Courtland Sutton 37 Christian Kirk
39 James Daniels 38 James Daniels 38 Will Hernandez
40 Mike Gesicki 39 Arden Key 39 D.J. Chark
40 Justin Reid 40 Ronald Jones

11:12 AM: The WWE has a unique PPV going on in Saudi Arabia today, which actually starts at 12:00 PM ET so I will have that on in the background the next several hours while covering the draft. Jerry “The King” Lawler was on the pre-show talking about he and The Miz (both are from Cleveland). Lawler said he asked Miz yesterday who the Browns would be taking at No. 1 overall, and Miz said “Baker Mayfield.” Lawler told him “no way!” at the time. And sure enough, it was Mayfield. It was just fun to hear that little commentary as soon as I turned on the show.


11:05 AM: Here is a fun drawing from the NFL’s Instagram page this morning, highlighting the five first-round quarterbacks (including Baker Mayfield) being welcolmed to the NFL.

Welcome to the NFL! Class is in session, rookies. #NFLDraft

A post shared by NFL (@nfl) on


11:00 AM: Greetings, 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:

The Browns have 3 picks today, all of which are in the second round. No. 33 overall will begin the night, No. 35 overall will be two picks later, and then Cleveland has the final pick of the round at No. 64 overall. 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.