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Browns select quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick

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The Cleveland Browns opened the 2018 NFL Draft by selecting quarterback Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma.

Mayfield becomes the eighth quarterback the team has selected in the first round of the regular draft in franchise history, but the first quarterback selected with the top pick since Tim Couch in 1999.

It is a bold move by general manager John Dorsey in his first draft with the team, as he bypassed USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Wyoming’s Josh Allen for Mayfield. The Browns have been searching for a franchise quarterback since 1993 and, while talented, Mayfield was not viewed as the safest selection prior to the draft.  Read more…

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Dorsey’s QB criteria points to one clear choice on draft night

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The 2018 NFL Draft will open on Thursday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Cleveland Browns will be on the clock with the first selection of the draft and, barring an unforeseen mental lapse by general manager John Dorsey, the club will be selecting the player they hope will solve the quarterback crisis that has plagued the franchise for 25 years.

There are five legitimate candidates for the pick – Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson – and it seems likely that, just two days before the draft, Dorsey knows who the pick will be.

Dorsey is keeping a tight lid on the decision, however, and will reportedly wait until Wednesday night to tell owner Jimmy Haslam and head coach Hue Jackson which player will be selected.

Once that happens, word is sure to leak out, although Browns fans will not know for certain until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes the announcement sometime around 8:20 on draft night.

Without going into specifics, Dorsey has dropped a few clues as to what he is looking for in a quarterback. Hand size is on the list, naturally, but there are a few other measurable traits he wants to see, according to cleveland.com:

“The only thing I really care about is do guys win? Does he have accuracy? Does he have a strong arm? Can he throw the ball in the red zone in tight windows? Can he drive the ball? At the end of the game, does he win? That’s what I look for.”

Now that we know that, let’s see if we can decipher who the pick will be by ranking each quarterback on a rubric scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest) for each of Dorsey’s preferred categories.

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Dorsey trying to buck Browns quarterback history

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The Cleveland Browns will be the talk of the NFL on Thursday night when the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft opens at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Browns hold the No. 1 overall selection in the first round (as well as pick No. 4) and general manager John Dorsey is almost a lock to select a quarterback with the opening pick of the night.

The correct pick would be Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, who possess the on-field production and moxie that teams look for in a franchise quarterback. If the Browns are scared off by Mayfield not being the “ideal” height for an NFL quarterback, Dorsey may turn to the safe pick, presumably USC’s Sam Darnold, who presumably has franchise quarterback written all over him, just as long as you ignore all the turnovers.

There have even been rumors that Dorsey will selection Wyoming’s Josh Allen, despite every piece of historical evidence pointing to Allen being the worst pick the Browns could make.

Whoever it is, when the Browns turn in the card and the selection is made, that player will become the eighth quarterback the team has selected in the first round of the regular draft in franchise history.

As the debate rages over which player the Browns should select – and make no mistake, that debate will not cool down anytime soon – let’s take a look back at the first-round quarterbacks the Browns believed to be the answer over the years.

(These summaries are all taken from our original series on the quarterbacks, which first appeared in 2014).

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Browns select Ibraheim Campbell at No. 116

Jeremy Gallon, Ibraheim CampbellThe Cleveland Browns selected Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell with their first pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the 116th overall selection.

At Northwestern, Campbell was a four-year starter and a team co-captain as a senior. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honor from the coaches his senior year, and finished his college career tied for third in Northwestern history with 11 career interceptions.

To learn more, check out our article at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns select Nate Orchard at No. 51

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The Cleveland Browns selected Utah defensive end Nate Orchard with their second round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, the 51st overall selection.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Orchard set a school record in 2014 with 18.5 sacks, while also leading the nation in quarterback knockdowns with 28. Orchard was second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 in 2014, and won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. He finished second on the team with 84 tackles.

To learn more about the Browns newest edge rusher, head over to our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns select Danny Shelton at No. 12

danny-shelton-roger-goodell-nfl-2015-nfl-draft-850x560The Cleveland Browns selected Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton with the No. 12 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton is a player born to play in the AFC North Division.

Learn more about the newest addition to the Browns roster in our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns should look at Mariota at the right price

marcus mariota playoffsCleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer has the opportunity to significantly shift the fortunes of the franchise during the first round of tonight’s 2015 NFL Draft.

It all comes down to just how much of a price he is willing to pay to move up and draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

We look at what Farmer is facing tonight in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns Draft Profile: Eli Harold

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The Cleveland Browns hold 10 picks in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft including, for the second year in a row and third time in the past four, two selections in the first round.

Between now and the opening night of the draft on April 30, we’ll be taking a look at some players that the Browns may be targeting as general manager Ray Farmer continues to rebuild the franchise.

Today we look at Virginia edge rusher Eli Harold in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns Draft Profile: Devin Smith

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The Cleveland Browns hold 10 picks in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft including, for the second year in a row and third time in the past four, two selections in the first round.

Between now and the opening night of the draft on April 30, we’ll be taking a look at some players that the Browns may be targeting as general manager Ray Farmer continues to rebuild the franchise.

Today we look at Ohio State wide receive Devin Smith in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns Draft Profile: Shane Ray

14-shane-ray-de-missouri_pg_600The Cleveland Browns hold 10 picks in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft including, for the second year in a row and third time in the past four, two selections in the first round.

Between now and the opening night of the draft on April 30, we’ll be taking a look at some players that the Browns may be targeting as general manager Ray Farmer continues to rebuild the franchise.

Today we look at Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

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