Cleveland Browns Draft News: 3 takeaways from Round 1
The Browns were on the clock with the No. 15 pick, and it seemed like a receiver was going to be selected. Paxton Lynch was also an option, but it seemed more likely the Browns would trade down from the No. 32 pick to get him toward the end of the first round.
Lynch ultimately went to the Denver Broncos later in the first round, but the Browns got their guy with the No. 15 pick.
The Browns drafted Corey Coleman, wide receiver from Baylor, with the pick acquired in the trade from the Titans.
Some worries were expressed about Coleman’s height, he just under six-feet tall, but his speed and playmaking abilities made him the obvious choice for the Browns.
Coleman won the Biletnitkoff Award last season as the nation’s top receiver, and comes to Cleveland as the top option at wide receiver.
He was chosen in front of Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell and TCU’s Josh Doctson, but the front office made it seem like Coleman was the top choice all along.
He will team up with former Baylor QB Robert Griffin III and will be the main target as former Baylor WR Josh Gordon remains suspended for another failed drug test.
Coleman has the benefit of coming to a rebuilding team where he will not have ether pressure of trying to take this team to the next level, at least right away, as he is just one of many pieces being put together to try and make this team competitive once again.
The Browns are also thought to be looking to add a quarterback in this draft, but a name linked to the team was taken at the end of the first round.
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