NFL Draft 2015: Cleveland Browns putting foundation in place
By Thomas Moore
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cameron Erving (Florida State) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 19th overall pick to the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns had a productive weekend at the 2015 NFL Draft, selecting 12 players across three days and seven rounds.
Those dozen players were the most of any team in the draft and the highest total for the Browns since 2000.
Included among the picks are a versatile offensive lineman in Cameron Erving; a trio of defensive linemen in Danny Shelton, Nate Orchard and Xavier Cooper; and a pair of cornerbacks in Charles Gaines and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
The picks brought quantity to the Browns, but more importantly they brought quality as general manager Ray Farmer continues to reshape the roster and give the Browns the type of identity they have been lacking since returning to the NFL in 1999.
“I think we did a good job sticking to the plan,” Farmer said in published reports. “We know what we want to be. We know where we want to go. We know before you build the roof and put the walls up you have to build the foundation.”
While a fair amount of attention has been paid to what the Browns didn’t do — select a quarterback or select a wide receiver with an early pick — now that we’ve made it through the weekend, let’s see what the team did do to work on the franchise’s foundation.
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