After knowing what they were going to do on Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft (selecting QB Baker Mayfield and CB Denzel Ward), the Cleveland Browns headed into Day 2 pretty much with a clear idea of what they were going to do. Owning the first and third picks of the day, Cleveland decided not to trade out. When Friday was all said-and-done, here are the three players they came away with:
- No. 33 - OT Austin Corbett (View Report)
- No. 35 - RB Nick Chubb (View Report)
- No. 67 - DE Chad Thomas (View Report)
For the second year in a row, Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown was at the draft to announce the Browns’ second-round picks. Right off the bat, the team selected OT Austin Corbett.
“With the 33rd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select ... Austin Corbett, T, Nevada”— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 27, 2018
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As we highlighted in our live blog, there are a lot of people who support the selection of Corbett. He was all over the place in terms of projections, with some having him as a tackle, some as a guard, and some as a center. The safest bet is to believe that Cleveland hopes Corbett can be the team’s starting left tackle this year, filling the void left when Joe Thomas called it a career. Cleveland tried to sign Nate Solder in free agency, so we knew they desired someone at left tackle besides Shon Coleman or Spencer Drango.
Two picks later, the pick was RB Nick Chubb at No. 35. Here is GM John Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson calling Chubb to give him the good news:
Chubb is the player who fans are going to remember the most out of Cleveland’s Day 2 picks. He is an inside runner who will immediately compete with Carlos Hyde for the starting running back role, and its a job he may very well win. Chubb is not known as a receiving back, so I do not believe this impacts Duke Johnson’s role with the club at all. Still, with a running back drafted high, I’d personally wonder in the back of my mind if Johnson and his agent might prefer to test the free agent market next year instead of re-signing at this point.
Cleveland was set to have their final pick of the day at No. 64, the last pick of round two. When they got on the clock, they made a minor trade with the Indianapolis Colts, dropping back to No. 67 (in the third round) so they could pick up No. 178, which is the fourth pick of the sixth round. Presumably, despite that trade, the Browns still got the player they wanted -- DE Chad Thomas out of Miami. That pick was announced by Browns TE Randall Telfer:
“With the 67th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select ... Chad Thomas, DE, Miami”— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 28, 2018
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The DBN Big Board
If we are looking at the DBN Cumulative Big Board that we compiled prior to the draft (a panel of our staff members, plus the community), then the only player from today who appeared on there is RB Nick Chubb (and I personally had him particularly high).
That’s not to say that OT Austin Corbett or DE Chad Thomas were bad picks. After all, we only listed 40 players on our big boards, and about a handful of them had some significant injury or character concerns that led to their stock dropping.
Press Conference from Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith
Best Talent Still Available
The Browns still have three second-round picks. They’ll be on the clock first overall on Friday at No. 33, then two spots later at No. 35, and finally the last pick of the second round at No. 64. Here are the top players remaining on our cumulative big board heading into Day 2 (original ranking on the left, player on the right):
13 - DT Maurice Hurst
47 - OT Jamarco Jones
55 - DT Tim Settle
56 - WR Deon Cain
At this point of the draft, it’s actually better to look at who remains from the team’s interest tracker. Below are players from the tracker who either had a visit to Berea, or had a draft grade better than the seventh round.
Offense: RB Nyheim Hines, RB Royce Freeman, RB Bo Scarbrough, RB Martez Carter, WR Antonio Callaway, WR Da’Mari Scott, TE Marcus Baugh, OT Jamarco Jones, OT Desmond Harrison, OT Jordan Mailata.
Defense: DT Maurice Hurst, DE Jalyn Holmes, DT Zaycoven Henderson, DT Jullian Taylor, CB Arrion Springs, CB Tremon Smith, CB Simeon Thomas, CB Charvarius Ward, S Damon Webb.
Miss Our Day 2 Coverage?
We did live blogs for 12 hours straight across two different posts. You can re-live them all here if you missed anything:
- Part I live blog (11:00 AM to 6:30 PM) - Pre-Draft
- Part II live blog (6:30 PM to 11:00 PM) - 2nd & 3rd Rounds
The Browns will have five picks on Day 3 of the Draft on Saturday: No. 114, No. 150, No. 175, No. 178, and No. 188 overall.