This is a continuation of our live blog from all morning. I figured I would kick off a new one at the start of Rounds 2-3, as the Cleveland Browns will be on the clock right away at No. 33 and No. 35. 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).
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
11:00 PM: Thanks for joining Day 2 of our live blog. 100 picks are in, and that concludes Friday’s action. Our Day 2 recap post for the Browns has now been posted. We’ll be back Saturday morning for Day 3 of our live blog.
9:54 PM: The Bengals got another Ohio State player, taking DE Sam Hubbard. A big damper has been put on this night for me, though, watching the Cavaliers play like absolute crap. We’ll have to pray the team shows up in a major way for Game 7 back at The Q on Sunday (sigh).
9:30 PM: Here’s a unique backstory for DE Chad Thomas:
The #Browns are taking #Miami DE Chad Thomas, a musical prodigy who produces for @RickRoss. He had to convince teams he was committed to football because he’s had so much success musically. No. 3 in the third round.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2018
9:24 PM: With the No. 67 pick (third pick of round three), the Browns selected DE Chad Thomas. You can view our write-up and poll on him here.
9:13 PM: I think the Browns simply made the trade so TE Randall Telfer could be happy about announcing a pick in the third round. The trade details are here. In summary, Cleveland moved down three spots (beginning of the third round) in order to pick up Indianapolis’ early pick in the sixth round.
9:08 PM: Apparently, the Browns have traded out of No. 64. We’ll have details in a moment.
8:55 PM: The Browns will be up in the next five picks. The players I am currently eying are S Justin Reid and DE Sam Hubbard. But at this point I’m sure the team could go a million different directions. DT Maurice Hurst remains of great interest, but he’s obviously fallen for a reason (his hear issues).
8:30 PM: The second round is going fairly quicky. We’re a little over ten picks away from the Browns being back on the click at the end of the round. As of this update, here are the best players still available on our Cumulative DBN Big Board:
1. DT Maurice Hurst
2. RB Derrius Guice
3. CB Isaiah Oliver
4. S Justin Reid
5. DE Sam Hubbard
6. DE Arden Key
7. CB Carlton Davis
8. OT Orlando Brown
9. WR D.J. Chark
10. OT Jamarco Jones
11. DT Harrison Phillips
12. S Ronnie Harrison
13. TE Mark Andrews
14. DT Tim Settle
15. WR Deon Cain
16. OT Geron Christian
8:00 PM: And the first pitch for QB Baker Mayfield is juuuuuussttt a bit wild.
This year's No. 1 NFL draft pick Baker Mayfield has said baseball was his first love, but sticking with football may have been the right decision. pic.twitter.com/tyG5DaPdDQ— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 27, 2018
7:54 PM: Let’s take a look at what Pro Football Focus thought of the Browns’ picks, starting with OT Austin Corbett:
The Browns have taken a Nevada offensive lineman before and it’s worked out wonderfully in Joel Bitonio. They double dip at that school and select the four-year starter in Corbett, who has improved each season after allowing just 17 pressures as a freshman. In his senior season Corbett ranked 13th in the draft class with a 98.0 pass-blocking efficiency while ranking 17th in run block success at 93.6.
And then here is what they said about RB Nick Chubb:
With their fourth pick in the draft, the Browns select a running mate plug into the the backfield with Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde. Chubb was one of the most elusive runners in the draft class with an elusive rating of 96.2. Chubb won’t offer much as a receiver, as he gained just 0.45 yards per route run, nor will he be particularly good in pass protection as he ranked 71st in the class in pass-blocking efficiency at 88.8. Chubb bounced back well in his senior season after struggling as a junior after returning from a devastating knee injury his sophomore campaign. With a 87.8 overall grade in 2017, Chubb won with power, vision, and the ability to break tackles.
7:48 PM: In Berea, Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf are discussing the picks.
Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf speaking now. pic.twitter.com/oTJENtnJJx— Dan Labbe (@dan_labbe) April 27, 2018
7:45 PM: Here is the moment that OT Austin Corbett heard his name announced on TV as the 33rd overall pick. He has to love the fact that he’s going to get to play with college alumni Joel Bitonio.
7:41 PM: A fascinating nugget relayed by Chris Mortensen of ESPN, who says that Jim Brown was asked to evaluate three running backs from this year’s draft class. You’d like to hope that Chubb was one of those guys. Chubb was the fourth running back taken, and we know previously that Brown wanted Cleveland to take Saquon Barkley at No. 1 overall. We also heard rumors that the Browns really wanted Rashaad Penny before the Seattle Seahawks stole him yesterday. Sony Michael was the only other back taken ahead of Chubb.
Legend Jim Brown announces Browns selection of UGA RB Nick Chubb. GM John Dorsey, historian of the game, asked Brown to evaluate 3 RBs in this draft class. Nobody had ever asked Brown to do that. Safe to say Chubb was one of them #Browns— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 27, 2018
7:38 PM: Here is what NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says about RB Nick Chubb:
Nick Chubb gives the @Browns a hammerhead at RB. He's an "old school" RB1 adept at grinding between the tackles but he has some limitations as a receiver and passing game contributions are critical in today's game. #NFLDraft— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 27, 2018
Also, because of how many picks there are and how fast they are going, we will not be mentioning them all in the live blog. Every so often, we’ll bring up a name if they were graded high on our big board, or we’ll provide a more current list of “top players remaining on our big board.”
7:35 PM: Our very own Andrea Hangst throws her support in for the selection of OT Austin Corbett as well:
Corbett is a fascinating pick. Was LT at NV after Bitonio left, but like Bitonio presents more NFL guard traits. Can play C, too. Guessing training camp will see various OL combos for #Browns.— Andrea Hangst (@FBALL_Andrea) April 27, 2018
7:30 PM: If you are looking for an optimistic spin on who the hell OT Austin Corbett is, this is a very positive outlook by Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting, who says he wasn’t going to last much longer:
Austin Corbett was the 2nd or 3rd ranked offensive tackle for multiple teams. Didn't know the #Browns did as well. He wouldn't have lasted much longer.— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) April 27, 2018
Better prospect than Joel Bitonio, and could get a shot at left tackle.
7:23 PM: Whew, that went fast. The New York Giants took OG Will Hernandez at No. 34 overall, and then fulfilling all the rumors we kept hearing about, Cleveland went with RB Nick Chubb at No. 35. Our write-up and poll on him can be found here.
7:15 PM: With the 33rd pick overall and the first pick of the second round, the Cleveland Browns selected OT Austin Corbett. Our full write-up and poll on him can be found here.
7:00 PM: Here we go — Round 2 is about to begin!
6:52 PM: There they are — QB Baker Mayfield and CB Denzel Ward getting ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch!
6:50 PM: We’re ten minutes away from Day 2 of the NFL Draft starting! The DBN Network has resumed coverage, and we’ve embedded the live stream at the bottom of this post. Also, unrelated, QB Baker Mayfield will wear No. 6 with the Browns.
6:30 PM: We’re just a half hour away from the start of the second round, when the Cleveland Browns will be on the clock at No. 33 overall! What is crazy is that this is the third year in a row that the Browns have held the first pick of the second round.
In 2016, they used it to take DE Emmanuel Ogbah. In 2017, they traded it to the Packers to move up a few picks into the first round for TE David Njoku. I think they are staying put this year to make the pick, as well as No. 35 a few minutes later.
Posted by Dawgs By Nature: For Cleveland Browns Fans on Friday, April 27, 2018