Cleveland Browns Draft Michigan Star Jabrill Peppers At No. 25

Texas A&M's Myles Garrett reveals a Cleveland T-shirt while standing next to his mother, Audrey Garrett, after he was taken as the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft April 27 at Terre Verde Golf Course in Arlington, Texas. He joined defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, who was taken No. 3 overall by the 49ers.

The latest round of college graduates were available to all 32 franchises in Philadelphia on Thursday night and Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M, was taken by the Browns after they finished with the worst record in the 2016 season.

Gareon Conley, the former Ohio State cornerback who was accused of rape this week, was picked 24th overall by the Raiders.

Houston then took the quarterback the Browns could have - should have? - taken.

"For us, high-value draft picks in the first couple rounds are tremendously valuable. You've got all kinds of scenarios that you have to run to be prepared, because as much as you think you're prepared when the draft starts, it's such a fluid process that you've got to be able to react, and the only way to do that is to be in some respects prepared".

On what Browns fans are getting: "I'm a hard worker".

After trading down from the No. 12 pick, the Browns spent the 25th overall selection on MI defensive back Jabrill Peppers. Kansas City moved from 27 to 10 for Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech.

"We're not going to force it, " Browns coach Hue Jackson told the NFL Network. The 21-year-old oozed confidence and composure during a news conference during which he and fellow first-round picks Peppers, the multi-dimensional defensive back from MI, and Miami tight end David Njoku were introduced to their new football home.

"We obviously value the position, but we don't want to force certain positions", vice-president of football operations Sashi Brown said.

Browand was just one of thousands of Browns fans elated by the pick after weeks of speculation that Cleveland might use its first pick on a quarterback, specifically Mitchell Trubisky.

The Browns got the Texans' 2018 first-round pick in the trade.

The Texans traded away the 25th overall pick in this year's draft as well as their first-round selection next season to nab Watson. His breakout year came in 2016, with the 6-foot-4, 246-pound TE accumulating 43 receptions for 698 yards and 8 TDs. "Although, we may have even made more deals a year ago. We need to do something about creating a better situation where the quarterback doesn't have the entire game on his shoulders".

  • Julie Sanders