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Browns 'tidying everything up' for draft

Posted Apr 25, 2013

The 2013 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night with the first of seven rounds. The three-day event concludes Saturday with rounds four through seven.

The Cleveland Browns enter the 2013 NFL Draft with seven selections, one each in the first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh rounds and two in the fifth. They forfeited their second-round pick with the selection of wide receiver Josh Gordon in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.

The 2013 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m./EST from famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and according to first-year Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, the team has spent the last days making “final preparations” before the league’s annual selection meeting.

“We’re just tidying everything up, getting everything ready and playing every scenario out,” Chudzinski told ClevelandBrowns.com. “That’s the biggest thing at this time of the year. Going into the draft, you never know what’s going to happen, so you have to be prepared for everything.”

The Browns hold the sixth pick in the first, third and fifth rounds. Also, they will make the seventh selection in the fourth and sixth rounds, the 31st pick in round five and the 21st in round seven. The second fifth-rounder, No. 164 overall, and seventh-round choice, No. 227 overall, came from the San Francisco 49ers as part of the trade for quarterback Colt McCoy.

The seventh-rounder was a pick the 49ers acquired in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I think every draft is unique and different,” said Browns general manager Michael Lombardi. “I think as you evaluate it, if you can get the right seven players for your team, the depth of the draft never really matters. It matters about getting the right seven.”

Joe Banner, the Browns’ chief executive officer, added, “We are not going into it with a focus other than trying to build the team, especially at key positions that we think really, really good teams are strong at and move forward that way.”

This year’s draft is the first for the front-office combination of Chudzinski, Banner and Lombardi, a former scout and player personnel executive for the Browns in the late 1980s and early 1990s who also worked as an NFL Network analyst over the past five seasons.

“It has been good; it has been fun,” Lombardi said of being back in the team’s “war room” preparing for the NFL draft. “It has been busy, but it has been really good. It has been refreshing and obviously having access to more information than you would on the other side with the media is helpful as well. It has been really good. It has been exciting.”

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