Round 2, Pick 1
• Round 1: Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m. ET • Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 28, 7 p.m. ET • Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 29, Noon ET Location: Philadelphia Art Museum Steps
Check out Mel Kiper's final rankings of the best prospects in the 2017 draft. They go much deeper than his usual 25. This one goes to 300.
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A good blueprint for new Browns safety Jabrill Peppers – former Saints safety Roman Harper. Harper had his best seasons under Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who used Harper as a pseudo-linebacker. Harper went to the Pro Bowl twice, with a total of 295 tackles, 12 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in his three years under Williams from 2009-2011.
The Browns will release tight end Gary Barnidge today, one day after drafting David Njoku. It's a surprising move given Barnidge went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2016 and given many teams use two tight ends effectively.
How can the Browns and Gregg Williams utilize Jabrill Peppers? Here's an interior zone blitz scheme from Williams' playbook out of sub-package personnel. Peppers has the ability to drop as an underneath zone defender (N), blitz from a second-level alignment (D) or add to the front as the extra rusher (FS). Williams will put Peppers in a position to produce based on game plan and opponent personnel. Find the matchups.
Here's what the Texans and Browns have now traded this offseason: Texans receive: 2017 12th pick (QB Deshaun Watson), Browns' 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 142) and $10 million in cap space from trading Brock Osweiler. Browns receive: Osweiler, 2017 25th pick (S Jabrill Peppers), Texans' 2018 first-round pick, Texans' 2018 second-round pick, and Texans' 2017 sixth-round pick (No. 188).
The Browns ended the first night with three players after a trade down with Houston and a trade up with Green Bay. They added defensive end Myles Garrett with the first overall pick, then moved down to 25th to take safety Jabrill Peppers. They then moved up from the first pick in the second round to take tight end David Njoku from Miami.
Newly drafted Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is excited to learn from Mike Glennon and looks forward to starting his career in the NFL.
The Vikings have extra picks they can trade if they want to move up. But they have so many needs that they might opt to use all of their picks.
Adam Schefter reports that the Browns reached out to the Patriots during the first day of the NFL draft and continue to have interest in a possible trade for QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Tight end Gary Barnidge, a Pro Bowl alternate after the 2015 season, was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
After extensive research, the Chiefs were determined to trade up high enough to land a QB they believe will be the future of the franchise.
The Packers wlll listen to offers for the first pick in Round 2, but they also could address one of their own needs such as RB or OL.