They finished 1-15 last season and only one team had fewer than the Browns' 26 sacks.
Pace traded four draft picks, including three 2017 picks, to select University of North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky at No. 2 overall.
In what could be interpreted as a vote of confidence in Centennial graduate Cody Kessler, the Cleveland Browns, with three picks in Thursday's first round of the National Football League draft, declined to select a quarterback with any of them. New England lacks a first-round pick, and the Browns have two of them.
With the Bears moving up, the San Francisco 49ers dropped back to third and picked defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.
Shaheen wasn't a complete shock because he was widely regarded among the top five tight ends in the draft, and he was the fourth tight end selected.
On his versatility: "Whatever coach [Hue] Jackson's plan is, I'm going to attack 110 percent". Sashi Brown and the front office didn't choke on the Mitchell Trubisky smoke, taking a player they openly coveted in the Texas A&M pass rusher.
Brown liked that one, too. And Houston made a trade with the Browns and selected Deshaun Watson, who led Clemson to the national title last season.
This much we know about the Browns. He may have only been a one-year starter at North Carolina, but he was insanely accurate, threw the ball down the field, rarely threw picks and has the build of a franchise quarterback. That means all Garrett and Ogbah have to do is put their hands down, and get to the quarterback.
"I didn't see that coming at all", Trubisky said.
Shaheen, a 6-foot-6, 278-pound junior, initially accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Pittsburgh-Johnstown, but transferred to Ashland and put on nearly 60 pounds to walk on as a football player for the OH school. (Yes, Peppers did technically play QB in college, but that doesn't count.) After failure after failure, it seems that the Browns have finally figured out how to avoid drafting a quarterback bust: Just don't draft a quarterback at all. They don't have to all be home runs for the Browns first round to be considered a success, but there could sure use two singles and a double. The three first-round selections tied for the most tight ends chosen in the first round (2002, 1978 and 1973). New York Jets: Jamal Adams, Safety (LSU) 7.
Now the plan is to take Garrett No. 1 and then look into trading up from No. 12 - Cleveland's second first-round selection - to grab Trubisky.