Draft Day is finally upon us, and the Browns will be on the clock with the No. 8 pick sometime around 9:00 p.m.
After months and months of buildup, the time for speculation is over. We don't have enough internet space to link you to everything we've written and discussed about the Browns' 12 picks, but here's a condensed primer of everything you need to know about tonight's activities.
Tonight: First round
Start time: 8 p.m.
TV: NFL Network and ESPN (Browns draft preview show can be seen at 7 p.m. on WEWS NewsChannel 5 in Cleveland).
Radio: 92.3 The Fan
Browns picks: No. 8 (From Philadelphia through Miami via trade)
Full draft order:
- Rams (from Titans)
- Eagles (from Browns)
- Browns (from Eagles)
- Dolphins (from Eagles)
- Titans (from Rams)
History of the No. 8 pick
This is the third time Cleveland has picked eighth in the NFL Draft, and the second consecutive time it's done so because of a pre-draft trade. The Browns selected Jim Houston in 1960 with the No. 8 pick and Justin Gilbert in 2014.
Five of the 25 players who will attend tonight's ceremonies in Chicago played at Ohio State: RB Ezekiel Elliott, DE Joey Bosa, LB Darron Lee, DB Eli Apple and OL Taylor Decker. Cleveland hasn't drafted a Buckeye since 2009 (WR Brian Robiskie, 2nd round).
Offense or defense?
Cleveland has used its first draft pick on a defensive player in five of the last six drafts, with RB Trent Richardson (2012) being the lone exception. The Browns have had 20 first-round picks since the franchise returned in 1999 and have used them on the following positions: 4 QBs, 2 RBs, 1 WR, 1 TE, 4 OL, 4 DL, 2 LBs, 2 DBs
The Browns have already traded down from their original first-round position, marking the fourth such time since 2009. In each of the previous three instances, Cleveland did not stop its dealing after one move before the end of the first round. In 2009, the Browns moved from No. 5, to No. 17, to No. 19, to No. 21 before picking C Alex Mack. In 2011, Cleveland moved from No. 6 to No. 26 and then traded up to No. 21 to pick DL Phil Taylor. In 2014, Cleveland traded from No. 4 to No. 9 and followed with two more trades up to nab two players.
The Browns' draft room is stationed at the facility in Berea and the team's leadership group will make their moves from a familiar meeting room. A couple of team representatives will be in Chicago to relay the information and put in the proper paperwork to execute the picks. Press conferences to wrap up the day's activities will be held in Berea.