We will have all of your Browns-related coverage on the draft here at Dawgs By Nature throughout the weekend. This thread will act as a “live blog,” with updates 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
11:17 PM: Head coach Kevin Stefanski and GM Andrew Berry are live in Berea, discussing Day 2:
Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski LIVE at the podium https://t.co/DtYatQ9fRg— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 29, 2023
11:15 PM: Here is what PFF said about Ika going to the Browns:
11:08 PM: With the 98th pick, the Browns selected DT Siaka Ika. Our write-up on him is here. That should wrap up Cleveland’s Day 2, finishing with a wide receiver and a defensive tackle.
10:46 PM: Here is what Pro Football Focus said about the Browns’ newest wide receiver:
10:39 PM: The Browns drafted WR Cedric Tillman with the No. 74 pick, adding to a crowded wide receiver room and basically spelling the end for the likes of WR Anthony Schwartz and WR Michael Woods. Our article on the pick is here. We also have a second article that provides more analysis on him.
9:16 PM: We are in the third round now, and Cleveland is about ten picks from being on the clock! Here is an updated look at who is available compared to our DBN Big Board. I think some homer fans will be cheering for DE Zach Harrison, but the defensive tackle talent has been picked over in the second round.
8:14 PM: We are underway in the second round, through pick No. 45, and our Browns Big Board is continuing to thin out. As of that pick, I’ve highlighted in orange the players who are now gone on Day 2.
6:45 PM: The Cleveland Browns did not have a selection on Thursday night in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, but that did not stop NFL.com’s Chad Reuter from issuing the team a grade in his “Day quick-snap grades for all 32 teams.”
And if you think that sounds strange, well, it doesn’t get any better when you see that Reuter gave the Browns a C- with the following logic:
Based on the cost of acquiring him via trade last year, Deshaun Watson is effectively the Browns’ first-round pick this season, as well as their third-round pick and next year’s first- and fourth-round picks. It’s possible the Browns get back to the playoffs for just the second time since 2002 with Watson, now that he’s back in the football flow after spending more than a season off the field. Thus far, the price paid looks steep in both draft capital and a market-setting contract.
Thankfully the second and third rounds of the draft will be starting soon and the Browns will have the opportunity to select players that actually merit some form of analysis and grading.
6:25 PM: WR DeAndre Hopkins seems unlikely to come to the Browns no matter what but the team gets significant cap space on June 1st. It is possible Hopkins could still be with the Arizona Cardinals at that point:
6:15 PM: Not overly surprising but I’m told “unlikely” Cleveland trades any of their starters or key contributors tonight. Some have wondered if Wyatt Teller or Greg Newsome II could be moved to use positions of strength to help positions of weakness. In Teller’s case, the Browns have a ton of money locked up on the offensive line.
6:00 PM: As we keep this live blog up to date throughout the evening, we will also have a best available post being updated. We will be tracking five positions (WR, DE, DT, LB, S) that we think the Browns could look at tonight: Click Here
3:35 PM: At some point tonight the Cleveland Browns will make a selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, and when they do the pick will be announced by former cornerback Hanford Dixon, who played for the Browns from 1981 to 1989 and picked up a pair of First-Team All-Pro selections along the way.
The list of players scheduled to make selections in Round 2 of tonight’s NFL Draft: pic.twitter.com/sYI9OYlMAb— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2023
1:52 PM: In Dane Brugler's Day 2 mock draft, he has Cleveland going with:
No. 74: DT Gervon Dexter, Florida
No. 98: EDGE Isaiah McGuire, Missouri
Dexter was the No. 35 player on the DBN Browns Big Board, so it would be nice to scoop him up in the third round.
1:46 PM: Fans are lining up again for Day 2 of the NFL Draft Fan Experience in Kansas City. I'm hoping to find a picture of the Browns' helmet at the event to share:
Day 2 #NFLDraft KC!— Emily Rittman KCTV5 (@EmilyRittman) April 28, 2023
Fans are back in line waiting to make their way inside the Fan Experience.
After yesterday’s crowd reached capacity on north lawn, fans are arriving early.
Live team coverage all day on @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/Eh1cRWVrnO
1:40 PM: The Detroit Lions were certainly excited about selecting running back Jahmyr Gibbs with the No. 12 overall selection in last night’s first round:
12:50 PM: Kentucky quarterback Will Levis went undrafted in Thursday’s first round and now there are reportedly four teams all hot and heavy calling the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have the first pick in tonight’s second round, about a potential trade to presumably select Levis, according to Senior NFL Reporter Albert Breer:
Text from Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen on his old QB Will Levis, still available headed into Round 2: "Whoever gets this kid is going to get the steal of the draft. I can’t imagine him having to wait around long."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 28, 2023
Steelers have heard from 4 teams on the 32nd pick.
10:30 AM: As Browns fans continue to patiently wait for the team to finally get on the clock tonight in the third round of the NFL Draft, here is a look at a day two mock draft from John Kosko at Pro Football Focus.
With the No. 74 overall selection, Kosko mocks Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims to the Browns:
Mims fits the profile of what the Browns look for in the middle of the third round, a young playmaker with excellent athleticism. He suffered from poor quarterback play in 2022 but graded well and knows how to get open against zone with the ability to run after the catch. The Browns need to get more explosive at wide receiver, and Mims provides that.
Then with the No. 98 overall selection, Kosko has Cleveland addressing the defensive line with defensive tackle Moro Ojomo from Texas:
Ojomo took his game to another level as a redshirt senior in 2022. After earning a 74.9 overall grade in 2021, he improved it to 90.6 this past fall. He’s a long interior rusher who is a force against the run. Interestingly enough, despite being a redshirt senior, Ojomo is still only 21 years old.
That might not be a bad night’s work for general manager Andrew Berry; what do you think Browns fans?
7:53 AM: Welcome to Day 2 of the NFL Draft! Here is a view of our DBN Browns’ Top 50 Big Board after the first round. Players in red are off the board.