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Three things to know about Browns in Round 2

Here are three quick-hit thoughts on what the Cleveland Browns might do Friday night.

  • Watch out for receiver Jaelen Strong: Arizona State coaches tell me to expect Strong to be off the board quickly tonight, and that Tennessee and Cleveland showed high interest during the draft process. The Browns could wait to see if Strong falls to No. 43 overall or make a trade up to get him, if they feel that strongly about him. That's a huge if since GM Ray Farmer hasn't yet shown the willingness to take a receiver high. One thing the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Strong does very well -- makes contested catches downfield. The Browns could use that. There are other options at receiver, including Ohio State's Devin Smith if he falls or Auburn's Sammie Coates, whom the Browns spent time with during the pre-draft process.

  • Edge rusher Randy Gregory, safety Landon Collins must be considerations: Teams spoke loudly last night by passing on Gregory -- his immense talent won't offset the character issues. But many scouts believe Gregory is the draft's best pass-rusher. That's hard to pass up on Day 2. His problem has been marijuana, which shouldn't be ignored but isn't severe on the NFL's character scale -- nevertheless it can result in league suspensions for continued use. The Browns need more sacks from the outside linebacker spot opposite Paul Kruger, the only OLB with more than two sacks last year. Barkevious Mingo could be poised for a strong Year 3 but that's not a certainty. Drafting an edge rusher gives the Browns a three-man rotation. The Browns don't need a safety but Collins would bring serious value at No. 43 if he falls that far. Donte Whitner can't play forever, and Tashaun Gipson has not signed his restricted free agent tender yet, signaling he wants a long-term deal.

  • Wild-card name: Minnesota TE Maxx Williams. The signing of free agent Rob Housler gives the Browns help at tight end but they can also invest in the position long-term. Williams has the ability to make athletic plays with a high degree of difficulty. He came from a system in Minnesota that ran the ball out of the I-formation early and often, so blocking's not foreign to him. Not sure if the Browns love him but he could be an intriguing option tonight.