The Browns entered the night with the No. 1 and No. 12 picks, and after a possible dalliance with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, went with the safe pick of Texas A&M's Myles Garrett first overall.
Trubisky ranks fifth at North Carolina in career passing touchdowns (41), sixth in yards passing (4,762) and seventh in total offense (5,201).
The guy they selected with the 25th pick they got from Houston - safety Jabrill Peppers from MI - fills a massive defensive deficiency, too, whether he's at safety, linebacker or returning kicks. "I finally get to face him, and scheme against him and his left tackle and the whole offensive line, and know what I'm up against".
Matt Florjancic and Dave DeNatale are set up inside Browns Headquarters in Berea as we await the start of the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft at the top of the hour.
If there's one thing about the city of Cleveland's sports fans, it's that they don't give up hope. The rookie general manager in San Francisco pulled off a veteran move with not only this, but later moving back up into the first round to select Reuben Foster with the 31st pick. HOWARD (19th overall, Tampa Bay), Mississippi TE EVAN ENGRAM (23rd overall, New York Giants) and Miami TE DAVID NJOKU (29th overall, Cleveland) were all selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Six picks to go until the Browns are on the clock.
On tape, former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is a first round player all day long. The team hired former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams - of "Bountygate" infamy - this winter and signed linebacker Jamie Collins to a four-year, $50 million contract, locking up a player they can pair with Garrett to form their defensive foundation.
The Texas A&M University star defensive end is the first defender to go first overall since Jadeveon Clowney in 2014.
On coming to the Browns after a 1-15 season: "It's all about stepping stones and stacking little wins".
The 49ers traded from No. 2 to No. 3 and picked Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. The Titans rounded out the top five with Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis. New GM John Lynch, made his first splash in the National Football League with this trade. Chiefs coach Andy Reid thought enough of Mahomes to move seventeen spots to get him, from No. 27 to No. 10.
The upside is tremendous, though, and few deny it.