created Thu, Apr 23, 2020 - updated Sat, Apr 25, 2020
6:49 p.m., Sat, Apr 25, 2020
The Browns made three picks today across the final three rounds of the draft. Cle chose offensive players today.
4th round, 115th pick, Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
5th round, 160 Cleveland Browns Nick Harris C Washington
6 187 Cleveland Browns Donovan Peoples-Jones WR Michigan
11:37 p.m., Fri, Apr 24, 2020
The 2nd and 3rd rounds were held this evening. The Browns made three picks, and all were defensive players.
2nd round, 44th pick overall, Grant Delpit, safety, LSU
3rd round, 88th pick overall, Jordan Elliott, defensive tackle, Missouri
3rd round, 97th pick overall, Jacob Phillips, inside linebacker, LSU
With last night's pick of Wills from Alabama, Cleveland's first four picks all played in the Southeast Conference.
12:19 a.m., Fri, Apr 24
Kansas City, 32nd pick, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU, RB.
Smart. Choose offense.
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Tennessee, 29th pick, Isaiah Wilson, Georgia, OT
Miami, 30th pick, Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn, CB
Minnesota, 31st pick, Jeff Gladney, TCU, CB
28th pick, Baltimore, Patrick Queen, LSU, ILB
27th pick, Seattle, Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech, OLB
Packers chose Jordan Love, QB from Utah State. Interesting. They moved up a few spots to take a QB. Love is 6'4" and 224 pounds. ESPN draft page list Love as the number 3 ranked QB in this draft.
The Dolphins trade with the Packers. Green Bay moved up from 30th to 26th. Miami will have the 30th pick tonight.
The Dolphins have the 26th pick, their 3rd first round pick.
Last season, Miami traded away players for draft picks. I think that the Miami front office wanted their team to lose every game, but the head coach and the players decided to win a few games, since it's professional football.
Emmett, Jerod, and Matt concluded their interview with Grossi. Tony seems pleased with the Wills pick. Some people rated Wills the best OT in the draft.
Wills said that only TB and the Chargers said that they would play Wills at right tackle. The other teams that talked with Wills said that they would probably play Wills at left tackle, which is why Wills has been training on his own to play left tackle.
24th pick, Saints chose Cesar Ruiz, center, Michigan.
25th pick, San Fran moved up and chose Brandon Aiyuk, wide receiver, Arizona State.
Saints have the 24th pick.
22nd pick, Vikings chose Justin Jefferson, wide receiver from LSU.
23rd pick, Chargers chose Kenneth Murray, inside linebacker from Oklahoma.
I'm streaming the AM 850 radio broadcast over the internet, which I have done for several years on draft night, since their AM radio signal strength decreases at sunset. During the day, I can listen to AM 850 WKNR with a radio, although I still stream it sometimes during the day for quality.
On draft night, AM 850 taps into the press conferences that are normally held at Browns offices in Berea. Tonight WKNR has tapped into the Zoom press conferences. Instead of all of the media people hanging out together in person in Berea with the Browns front office people, everyone is at home or at their own location, communicating over the internet via Zoom.
Obviously, the Browns first round draft picks are not in Berea on draft night, and those initial pressers with first round drafts picks were always done over phone conferencing and not video conferencing. Tonight, everything is done over internet video conferencing.
The sound is okay. No problems. Everything is clear. I'm typing on my Lenovo laptop, but I'm playing the audio stream over my Chromebook. For some reason, I could not get the streaming app at thelandondemand.com to work in the Pale Moon web browser.
But it has all worked well. All the journalists have done great with their Zoom connections.
Wills is right-handed. He has been working out at home with a trainer from high school.
Wills said that he is following the CDC guidelines.
And now Wills will be holding a Zoom presser.
Some "technical difficulties." Wills's camera was upside down, but it got corrected. Some musical noise existed in the background for someone's connection. It sounded like a Jack in a Box game.
Sports media is asking Wills questions. Somebody with the Browns communications is playing traffic cop, managing the Zoom pressers, calling out the journalists' names to direct them to ask questions.
Matt, Jerod, and Emmett are on now.
with the 21st pick, the Eagles chose Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU.
Paul's Zoom presser ended. He said that their draft board was finalized about two weeks ago, at least for the number 10 pick hopeful, which was Wills.
Jags chose K'Lavon Chaisson, defensive end from LSU.
With the 19th pick, the Radiers chose Damon Arnette, cornerback from Ohio State.
Two Buckeye DBs taken in the first round. Ohio State attracts a lot of future NFL athletes, like Alabama.
DePodesta said about this drat that it was "a highly unusual tackle class."
Paul said that this was the best tackle draft since 2016.
Paul said that opportunities existed to trade down, but since a couple of their top players were available at 10, then the Browns stayed at 10.
Grossi asked DePodesta about the tackles, and Paul said that Wills was their top OT for that position. Paul did not expect so many good OTs to be available at 10.
The Dolphins chose Austin Jackson, offensive tackle, USC. QB and OT in the first round tonight for Miami.
Browns chief strategist Paul DePodesta, Moneyball guy, is now holding a Zoom presser.
For the Dolpins, the pick is in.
Aaron signed off the night. He and Rizzo start their morning show at 9:00 a.m.
Emmett Golden, Jerod Cherry, Matt Fontana, and Tony Grossi will be hosting the draft show until the first round ends. But for the past 40 minutes or longer, the radio show has been broadcasting the three Zoom press conferences.
Stefansky's presser ended now over the internet streaming audio, which means it probably ended in reality about three minutes ago.
Cowboys chose CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma.
Dolphins are up again.
The Cowboys have the 17th pick. The pick is in. They need to speed up the first round. It should not take four to five hours to complete. I realize that it's a big show for ESPN, but jeesh.
Falcons chose A.J. Terrell, cornerback from Clemson with the 16th pick.
Stefansky is still holding his virtual press conference, taking questions from Cle sports media. He said that ways exist to develop the players virtually.
A media person asked a question, but his voice was not audible initially, but then he quickly could be heard. Stefansky said to the reporter, nice assist by your IT person. The reporter said that he would be lost without her. Don't know if the reporter's helper was his wife or daughter, but it was a lighthearted moment, and it exemplified the times.
This new way of communicating is forced upon people of all ages and technical aptitudes, but it's impressive that so many people have adjusted well.
Browns head coach Stefansky is conducting a Zoom presser.
Rizzo is signing off for the night. Emmit and Je'Rod will take over until Midnight. I think that Grossi will still be around from his bunker.
Denver chose Jerry Jeudy, wide receiver, Alabama with the 15th pick. It's another good first round draft for Alabama.
San Fran chose Javon Kinlaw, defensive tackle from South Carolina.
Finally, the pick is in for SF, but this still takes a few minutes.
The Steelers don't have a first round pick, unless they make a trade up. I think that the Steelers traded away their first round pick for 2020 when they acquired a safety early in the regular season last year.
It's taking a long time for San Fran to make the 14th pick. I doubt that I stay up to Midnight for this. It's not because I'll go to sleep early. It's that I'm getting bored.
With Berry still chatting away with the media over Zoom or video conferencing, then I assume that the Browns won't be involved in any deals to move up into the first round.
Grossi now asking a question of Browns GM Andrew Berry.
The Browns, like all NFL teams, will be working with the new players over video conferencing.
Tampa Bay chose Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle from Iowa. He will be charged with protecting QB Tom Brady. It's weird that Brady will play for Tampa Bay and not New England.
The Browns front office have been conducting a Zoom press conference with Cle media.
It appears that San Fran made a trade down. Tampa Bay had the 14th pick, but they moved up one spot to 13. San Fran moved back to 14. The pick is in for TB.
Aaron thinks that Cle needs to focus on the defense now. Nope. The 2nd round will be held tomorrow night. Maybe the 3rd round too. Cle should continue to focus on the offense, since the NFL game rules favor the offense, including bailing out the offense to prevent big losses, and the rules penalize the defense for good play.
The San Francisco 49ers have the 13th pick. I wonder how they got that pick. It must be from a trade from another season. The 49ers also have the 31st pick, as expected, since they lost in the Super Bowl to the Chiefs.
The Raiders chose Henry Ruggs III, wide receiver from Alabama.
The Jets chose Mekhi Becton, offensive tackle from Louisville.
The Raiders are next. The Chargers and the Raiders don't have "first names" (city names) to me.
He played right tackle at Alabama, but Tua was left handed. Someone who AM 850 is interviewing predicts that Wills be moved to left tackle to protect Baker's blind side.
Now the ESPN page states that the pick is in in red text for the Jets.
The ESPN live draft page described Wills as:
- 1st for position ranking
- 8th for overall ranking
- a grade of 93
Kiper ranked Wills as the 7th best player in the draft.
- Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 312 | Highlights
There are a few teams that have Wills, who played right tackle at Alabama, as the top tackle in this class.
Stat to know: Alabama averaged 7.7 yards per rush outside the right tackle in 2019, which ranked third in the FBS.
Kiper ranked Wirfs as the 10th best player.
- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 320 | Highlights
Wirfs is tremendous in the run game, one of the most powerful prospects in this class. His 4.85 40-yard dash at the combine was the fastest time by a 320-plus-pound player since at least 2006.
Assuming that those two tackles live up to expectations, then no wrong pick exists.
I wonder if the Jets at 11 are making a trade. It has been several minutes, and the ESPN page has stated that the pick is in. It takes a few more minutes for the pick to be official after the pick is in flag has been raised. No flag. It's simply red text on the web page.
Grossi said that choosing Wills over Wirfs was scouting winning out over analytics.
AM 850 crew seems a little surprised by the Wills pick but not disappointed.
Cle needed to improve its o-line. The Browns need to score points. Cle was terrible with offensive scoring last year, despite having two 1000-thousand-yard receivers and 1400-yard running back.
I would prefer that Cle focuses on the offensive side of the ball in the early rounds, instead of the defense.
The ESPN page showed that the Cle chose Jedrick Wills Jr., offensive tackle from Alabama.
Well, Cle chose an offensive tackle, which was expected or the fans hoped that the Browns would choose an OT.
The Browns are not trading down from 10. Nothing official mentioned on the ESPN live draft page. This is Cle's only first round pick, unless a trade occurs later.
"I'm feeling a little nervous about this." - Grossi
Aaron said that the pick is in. The Browns are not trading down.
Grossi, Rizzo, and Aaron want the Browns to choose Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle from Iowa. They all assumed that Wirfs would have been drafted earlier. They did not expect Wirfs to be available for Cle.
ESPN live draft page shows that the Jags chose CJ Henderson, cornerback from Florida.
Nothing official stated about the Jags yet. Aaron said that the Jags chose a defensive back. Nothing listed on the ESPN page, which means that the commish has not made the selection official.
The Browns are next with the 10th pick. ESPN states that Cle needs OT, WR, CB, ILB, and OG.
The pick is in for the Jaguars. ESPN predicts that the Jags will choose either Jerry Jeudy or Jedrick Wills Jr., offensive tackle from Alabama.
With the 8th pick, the AZ Cardinals chose Simmons, the outside linebacker from Clemson. I think that Rizzo wanted the Browns to choose Simmons. Grossi is pleased that multiple highly-touted offensive tackles will be available for Cle at 10.
Grossi said about Simmons, "... he's almost the Kyler Murray of the defensive."
Murray is AZ's talented and fun-to-watch QB. AZ is in a tough division with San Fran and Seattle, but AZ will battle for the new playoff spot. The NFL expanded the playoffs this year, adding one more team in each conference.
That ESPN live draft page said that the "The Pick is in" for the Cardinals.
The ESPN page states the two likely players or predicted players that the team on the clock will probably select. For the Cardinals, that ESPN live draft page predicts that one of these two will be chose by the Cardinals.
- Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Panthers chose Derrick Brown, defensive tackle, Auburn.
The Cardinals have the 8th pick. Quite the delay with the internet streaming audio of AM 850. I've been check/refreshing this page.
The Carolina Panthers have the 7th pick. I think that Carolina still has Cam Newton, although he's called a free agent. Odd.
This has to be the dumbest story that I read in 2019 for any topic, not only sports. This is careless, feeble local journalism.
"How Cam Newton’s vegan diet may be hurting Panthers QB’s play and injury recovery"
The Chargers with the 6th pick chose Justin Herbert, QB from Oregon. Some so-called experts considered Herbert to be a better choice as an NFL QB than Burrow.
The Dolphins pick Tua Tagovailoa, QB from Alabama who got seriously injured last season, and he was injured in 2018 too, I think. Supposedly, Tua is healthy or near 100 percent. It will be interesting. It's a risky pick for Miami. Tua may not play immediately this season. Actually, nobody might play in the fall of 2020. We'll see about that. The Dolphins still have veteran, capable QB Fitzpatrick who will probably be the likely starter, but maybe Tua can impress enough that the Dolphins have to start Tua.
Russell Wilson was chosen in the 3rd round in the 2012 NFL draft, and he was suppose to backup the Seahawks new QB that Seattle acquired in free agency in early 2012, but Wilson played better in the preseason, and he started week one of the regular season.
In 2018, Baker was more impressive in preseason than Taylor, but coach Jackson started Taylor in week one of the regular season.
As long as Tua is healthy, and assuming that the NFL operates a "normal" preseason, then Tua can start week one.
No word about the 5th pick yet. No word about any trades.
The Miami Dolphins have the 5th pick. From Grossi's mock draft, made yesterday:
5.Miami Dolphins: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia.
I don’t know what they do if the Giants take Thomas ahead of them.
Last time: Justin Herbert.
6.Los Angeles Chargers: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama.
Imagine him in those sharp, new Chargers uni’s. Heck, he'd be worth his rookie salary as a club pitchman even if he redshirts to get healthy.
Last time: Tagovailoa.
Somebody further down in the draft may trade up with Miami to pick Tagovailoa.
The New York Giants pick 4th. And ... I think that the commish is about to announce, according to Rizzo. Yep.
Giants pick Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle from Georgia.
From Grossi's post yesterday:
Mekhi Becton of Louisville figures to be on the board for the Browns at No. 10, but a trade for Trent Williams could lead to a trade of their top pick. (espn.com)
- Cleveland Browns: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville.
This is the pick I’m least confident of among the top 10. Go figure.
Aaron said that Thomas was the safest of the offensive tackle picks.
It's assumed that the Browns will choose an offensive tackle with their number 10 pick in tonight's draft. The draft seems loaded with supposedly top-notch offensive tackles. Thomas is the first OT to get drafted.
Joe Burrow grew up in Athens, Ohio. I guess that he was too good to play for the Ohio University Bobcats. Come on.
Rizzo, discussing the Buckeyes taken in the first three picks, sarcastically threw it to Aaron by introducing Aaron as a big Buckeye fan. Aaron played along, said, "OH" to the Buckeye fans. Aaron rags on the Buckeyes and its rabid fans during the football season.
Commish announces the Lions pick ... Detroit selected Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State.
"2020 NFL draft rankings: Final top 300 position rankings, Big Board from Mel Kiper"
- Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
- Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
- Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
- Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Joe Burrow started at Ohio State, and then late in his college career, he transferred to LSU. Two Buckeyes drafted in the first three picks, and a Buckeye transfer chosen first.
The Lions pick 3rd.
Grossi's post from yesterday.
This has been a draft season unlike any other I can remember in 36 years of covering the NFL.
Yes, the Covid-19 pandemic has a lot to do with that. The quarantining has presented unforeseen obstacles but also unique opportunities. GMs have done more film study in isolation. As Scott Pioli pointed out to me on Countdown to the Draft, there is more opportunity to focus on the task at hand – which is picking players, not spreading misinformation.
But there’s more mystery to this draft as a result of the continued influx of younger GMs and coaches more attuned to analytics. The Browns are an example. Conventional practices are being replaced by out-of-the-box thinking based on algorithms and complex statistical analyses. This makes the draft more unpredictable than before.
Some of the stuff I’ve heard out there is hard to believe, but it can’t be dismissed as “silly season” misinformation, anymore.
The Redskins pick 2nd, and they chose Ohio State Buckeye defensive end Chase Young.
Normally, Je'Rod Cherry joins Aaron and Rizzo, I think, on draft night, but thus far, no "appearance" from Je'Rod over the broadcsat.
Funny. Aaron already said that he would take Burrow over Browns QB Mayfield. Rizzo razzed Aaron with the buzzer sound.
Bengals make the first pick. It's LSU QB Joe Burrow. Mel Kiper rated Burrow as having a good arm and not a great arm. Mmm. Big Ben has and had a great arm. Baltimore's QB Lamar Jackson has at least a good arm. Baker Mayfield had a good arm in 2018 and a mediocre arm in 2019.
Although I have not seen any images of the first round of the NFL draft over the past several years, this virtual draft feels weird even over audio. It feels pre-recorded. Bizarre times. This might be one for the memory books.
Actually, from approximately March 10 onward to whenever, this will be a period of life for the memory books.
A short while ago, I dialed up thelandondemand.com to stream their draft night radio show. The last time that I watched the first round of the NFL draft on TV was back in the early aught years. Over the past eight or nine years, I have listened to the first round via AM 850 WKNR, which runs thelandondemand.com.
Rizzo, Aaron, and Grossi are broadcasting, each from their respective homes. A few minutes ago, Roger Goodell from his home declared the draft open. The way that the 850 crew talks, it's a done deal that the Bengals will draft LSU QB Burrow with the first pick in the draft.
Listening to the first round of the NFL draft over the radio or streaming the audio over the internet is dorky, but that's okay. We all do goofy things.