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Rounds 4-7 of NFL Draft rumors and picks for the Cleveland Browns.

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[BROWNS UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT LIVE BLOG IS HERE]

It is Saturday, and that means rounds 4-7 of the 2018 NFL Draft will take place for the Cleveland Browns and the rest of the teams in the NFL. The action starts at 12:00 PM ET, and teams will have 5 minutes to make their selections (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


7:00 PM: Thanks for joining our live blogs all three days! Our last order of business is the Browns’ undrafted free agents, which we’ll be updating all night.


4:30 PM: Head coach Hue Jackson has been talking about the draft in Berea. We’ll have a recap of that later or on Sunday. One big thing that jumped out at me is that he says anything is on the table, with respect to the possibility of Joel Bitonio moving over to left tackle.


4:25 PM: Here is a nice quick-hitter recap of everyone the Browns drafted. And remember, around 6:45 PM tonight, we’ll start looking at the undrafted free agents who Cleveland will be going after.


4:20 PM: And there we go! With the No. 188 pick, the Cleveland Browns selected a CB/S in Simeon Thomas. Barring a move, he’s the team’s final pick of the draft, as the team does not have a 7th rounder. Our write-up and poll on him are here.


4:05 PM: With the 175th pick, the Cleveland Browns stayed at wide receiver and took Damion Ratley. Our post and poll on him can be found here. We’ll talk about the 188th pick in a second.


3:15 PM: I’ll be stepping away for a tiny bit, but hope to be back right after or as the Browns are making their next scheduled pick at No. 175.


2:40 PM: The Rams just traded WR Tavon Austin to the Dallas Cowboys for a 6th round pick. Also, Nathan Zegura has been told that Cleveland views LB Genard Avery as a MIKE linebacker.


2:36 PM: Let’s hit on a few quick nuggets with this update:

  • The Browns have two picks remaining -- the first one in the 6th round (No. 175), and then a little later in the 6th round (No. 188).
  • We haven’t heard any rumblings today about CB Jamar Taylor being traded, but I am just waiting for the news to break. Come on, I can feel it.
  • Remember that after the draft tonight, the work doesn’t end for me. At 6:45 PM, we will have our open thread on “list of undrafted free agents” posted, and then I’ll be busy monitoring Twitter for signing and tryout news until like midnight. After that, I can finally crash after three days of non-stop coverage.
  • Lastly, Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting seems to have a grasp on who the Browns like, and he floated the idea that WR Jeff Badet could be a target of theirs in the sixth round. Badet appeared on our draft interests tracker, as did WR Antonio Callaway.

2:32 PM: Let’s take a look at what Pro Football Focus says about the Browns’ two picks made on Day 3. First, here is what they said about WR Antonio Callaway:

A big play treat who averaged 7.3 yards after the catch in 2016, Callaway comes with some off-field question marks after not playing in 2017 due to disciplinary reasons. If he can stay on the field, he’ll provide the Browns with depth and speed.

And then about LB Genard Avery:

Avery comes from Memphis where he split time between off ball linebacker and a true edge rusher. His pass-rushing numbers are eye popping, with 128 total pressures in his career, but he leaves a lot to be desired in coverage, ranking 131st with 1.16 yards per cover snap allowed and 124th in tackling efficiency at 6.5. Browns would be wise to use him as a pass-rushing specialist.


2:26 PM: During the fifth round, with the 150th pick in the draft, the Cleveland Browns selected LB Genard Avery. Our full write-up and poll on him are here. Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting is very high on him, saying Cleveland had a premium grade on him and believes he could challenge for a starting role as a rookie. I think that’s a tad too optimistic, but we’ll see.


2:03 PM: Wow, how about that. The Seattle Seahawks just drafted the inspirational LB Shaquem Griffin, and he gets to play with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin, who was drafted last year by the Seahawks.


1:58 PM: A team finally pulled the trigger on DT Maurice Hurst, and it’s the Oakland Raiders, who traded up to No. 140 to get him. The Browns are coming up with their fifth round pick at No. 150 in ten picks, so it could be around 2:35 PM if I had to guess.


1:00 PM: I’ve been listening to GM John Dorsey talk about WR Antonio Callaway from Berea over the past few months. He really stressed how much faith he has in wide receivers coach Adam Henry to be the type of guy who can capture Callaway’s attention and guide him to being a good NFL player.

Dorsey also hammered home the point that one of the reasons for this pick is the value that Callaway has as a punt returner. So if Callaway stays clean, I think we can end the misery of seeing S Jabrill Peppers fielding punts. Callaway was of of 30 players who the team brought to Berea.


12:50 PM: Just to be clear, the perception league-wide is that if WR Antonio Callaway didn’t have all of his character issues, he’d be a first-round talent. Some compare his ability to that of WR Antonio Brown. But the big “if” is whether he can remain out of trouble. Teams obviously didn’t have much faith that he could, otherwise he wouldn’t have fallen outside the top 100 picks. But I’ve always been perfectly fine taking a risk on high-potential players with Day 3 picks.


12:45 PM: Yep, pretty much:


12:40 PM: As of this update, here are the Browns’ remaining draft picks today:

  • 5th Round: No. 150 overall (13th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 175 overall (1st of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 188 overall (14th of the round)

12:35 PM: We know there are a lot of negatives associated with WR Antonio Callaway.

But the comparison is that former Browns GM John Dorsey took a chance on WR Tyreek Hill that paid off. I imagine a similar sales pitch will be made about Callaway.


12:30 PM: The Browns traded up from No. 114 to No. 105 in the 4th round, where they selected WR Antonio Callaway. Our write-up on him and poll can be found here. Cleveland gave up No. 178 to move up, which is the pick they acquired from the Colts yesterday when they dropped from No. 64 to No. 67.


11:49 AM: Here is a list of the best available players from SB Nation. Also, keep an eye out for the Browns trying to move CB Jamar Taylor today.


11:47 AM: There is our quarterback, counting down the days.


11:00 AM: Here is something fun to look back at: right after the 2017 NFL Draft ended last year, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar posted a 2018 NFL Mock Draft. In it, he had the Browns taking QB Sam Darnold at No. 1 overall and CB Tarvarus McFadden at No. 23. At that time, neither QB Baker Mayfield nor CB Denzel Ward were even projected to be first-round picks. They both went in the Top 4. We’ll peek at Kadar’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft whenever it comes out.


10:45 AM: A sample look at some of the top prospects available, per Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report:


10:40 AM: Remember our Browns’ interest / visit tracker leading up to the draft? Here is an updated version below, listing the players that are remaining heading into round four. I will not be updating it as Day 3 goes along.

2018 DBN Draft Visit Tracker (Heading Into Day 3)

Pos Player School Round Berea Other*
Pos Player School Round Berea Other*
QB Chase Litton Marshall 7 x
QB Malik Watson Dixie State 7 x
RB Nyheim Hines NC State 3 x
RB Royce Freeman Oregon 3-4 x
RB Bo Scarbrough Alabama 4-5 x
RB Martez Carter Grambling State 5-6 x
RB Ryan Nall Oregon State 7 x
RB Malik Williams Louisville 7 x
RB Shaun Wilson Duke 7 x
WR Antonio Callaway Florida 4-5 x
WR Da'Mari Scott Fresno State 7 x
WR Jeff Badet Oklahoma 7 x
WR Quadree Henderson Pittsburgh 7 x
WR Elijaah Goins Ohio State 7 x
WR Nick Holley Kent State 7 x
WR Deontez Alexander Franklin College 7 x
WR Alvin Bailey Youngstown State 7 x
WR Eldin Anu Robert Morris 7 x
TE Marcus Baugh Ohio State 6-7 x
TE Deon Yelder Western Kentucky 7 x
OT Jamarco Jones Ohio State 3 x
OT Desmond Harrison West Georgia 5-6 x
OT Jordan Mailata South Sydney 7 x
OL Jake Krause Bemidji State 7 x
DT Maurice Hurst Michigan 1 x
DE Jalyn Holmes Ohio State 4 x
DT Zaycoven Henderson Texas A&M 6-7 x
DT Jullian Taylor Temple 7 x
DL Tracy Sprinkle Ohio State 7 x
DL Nick Seme Ohio State 7 x
DL Michael Hill Ohio State 7 x
LB Shaheed Salmon Samford 7 x
LB Chris Worley Ohio State 7 x
LB Zach Turnure Ohio State 7 x
LB Devante Downs California 7 x
CB Arrion Springs Oregon 6 x
CB Tremon Smith Central Arkansas 7 x
CB Simeon Thomas Louisiana-Lafayette 7 x
CB Chris Hardeman Houston Baptist 7 x
CB Malik Duncan Saint Francis 7 x
CB Trevon Forte Ohio State 7 x
CB Chandon Sullivan Georgia State 7 x
CB Will Fletcher Valdosta State 7 x
CB Heath Harding Miami (Ohio) 7 x
CB Charvarius Ward Middle Tennessee State 7 x
S Damon Webb Ohio State 5-6 x
S Afolabi Laguda Colorado 7 x
S Erick Smith Ohio State 7 x
S Aaron Ivory Findlay 7 x
S Logan Oce Eastern Kentucky 7 x

10:30 AM: Here are the five draft picks the Cleveland Browns have left today:

  • 4th Round: No. 114 overall (14th of the round)
  • 5th Round: No. 150 overall (13th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 175 overall (1st of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 178 overall (4th of the round)
  • 6th Round: No. 188 overall (14th of the round)

Keep in mind that teams will still be busy immediately following the draft trying to sign undrafted free agents, which we will cover in a separate thread as we always do.