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2018 Draft: Browns' 9-man class adds competition, depth to revamped roster

From top to bottom, Hue Jackson loves the look of the Browns' nine-man 2018 draft.

What he likes the best? How the nine players fit into Cleveland's overhauled roster as a whole.

After a winless 2017 season, general manager John Dorsey went to work on the entire team, position group by position group, adding key pieces to each to ensure the Browns wouldn't be thinking about filling needs when they were on the clock.

Starting with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and ending with Louisiana DB Simeon Thomas, the Browns targeted who they believed was the best available player and the best possible fit with each of their selections.

"I think that is the building of a good team because that says that, again, these are players that we are putting on our team that we feel real good about, and they are going to have to compete at a high level with the guys at certain positions that you have just mentioned that are here on this team," Jackson said. "Either our guys that are here are going to step up and get it done or the players that we have drafted are going to step up and get it done. It is one or the other. I think that is an excellent problem to have because it means that you have a chance to have a better football team."

The Browns got better with the addition of five offensive players and four on the defensive side of the ball. Carrying two picks in the top-four and four in the top 35, Cleveland made just two trades within the draft after years' worth of moves set it up with one of the most enviable positions.

Now the goal centers on never being in that spot again.

"This is always an exciting time," Jackson said. "I have been through this now for the third time here, but we do know that all of this has to parlay to the field. This is still about winning drafts, but at the end of the day, it is about winning football games. We really feel like we put some guys on the team that can help us do that."

Here's everything you could possibly want to know, see and hear about the Browns' nine newest players.

1st round

  1. QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma

The Browns drafted QB Baker Mayfield at no. 1 and DB Denzel Ward at no. 4 in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  1. DB Denzel Ward - Ohio State

2nd round

  1. OL Austin Corbett - Nevada
  1. RB Nick Chubb - Georgia

The Browns drafted T Austin Corbett, RB Nick Chubb, and DE Chad Thomas on the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft.

3rd round

  1. DE Chad Thomas - Miami

4th round

  1. WR Antonio Callaway - Florida

5th round

  1. LB Genard Avery - Memphis

The Browns drafted WR Antonio Callaway, LB Genard Avery, WR Damion Ratley and DB Simeon Thomas on the last day of the 2018 NFL Draft.

6th round

  1. WR Damion Ratley - Texas A&M
  1. DB Simeon Thomas - Louisiana
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