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The Cleveland Browns had a quieter than usual draft over the weekend, making fewer selections than the organization typically does.
Not only did the Browns not make a selection in the first round of the draft for the first time since 2008, but they were not active in the trade market to move up or down in the draft.
With the Browns making moves to try to become Super Bowl contenders, they are no longer depending on the draft to attempt to change the organization’s culture and to turn the franchise around.
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Now that the 2019 NFL Draft is in the past, today’s featured article looks at how the Browns are setup for the next two drafts.
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"The Browns won’t know the location of their picks in each round of the 2020 draft until after the 2019 season. Also, compensatory picks could be added by the league based on the Browns free agency activity this offseason."
Because the Browns were not active in the trade market during the draft and for the most part were comfortable with the selections they had, Cleveland does not have many extra future draft picks. But with the Browns’ salary cap expected to get extremely tight in the next couple of seasons, adding talent via the draft is going to become important.
The Cleveland Browns surprised a lot of people when they selected linebacker Sione Takitaki in the third round of the draft. However, Randy Gurzi points out that the Browns are excited about the addition of the former BYU linebacker.
"Q: Why do you like the draft?A: The Browns set out to add linebackers who have speed and can hopefully make an impact. They took Wilson and Takitaki. They needed a big time cornerback. Williams should be that guy. They wanted more speed in the secondary and picked safety Sheldrick Redwine."
The Browns draft seemed very underwhelming to some because it seemed like they left talent on the board when they were on the clock. However, they addressed all of their remaining needs with guys they believe will fit the style of the team, making it a reasonably successful draft.
It seemed like it would only be a matter of time before the Browns traded running back Duke Johnson. However, after not being moved during the draft, Johnson’s situation with the Browns has taken a twist.