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Browns 2020 NFL Combine Primer: Everything you need to know

When you hear "the 2020 NFL Combine is headed to primetime," it's both a true and false statement.

First, the truth.

For the first time ever, fans will have an opportunity to watch the 40-yard dash, on-field drills and other aspects of player workouts during a primetime viewing window. Those workouts also begin a couple of days earlier than normal, starting on the Thursday of Combine week instead of Saturday. It's a reflection of the annual event's popularity, which continues to grow and grow with each passing year.

Now, for the false part.

The Combine is so much more than a few hours' worth of on-field workouts. Most NFL personnel are already in Indianapolis, weigh-ins and measurements are already underway and the all-important team interviews and medical checks are just around the corner. The on-field workout is the LAST thing a player does before departing Indianapolis.

We're breaking down everything else you need to know, including when and where you can find press conferences from Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski and executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry.

TV SCHEDULE (All can be seen on NFL Network unless otherwise noted; all times are ET.)

Thursday

4 p.m. - 11 p.m.: On-field workouts (tight ends, quarterbacks, wide receives)

Friday 

4 p.m. - 11 p.m.: On-field workouts (running backs, offensive linemen, special teams)

Saturday

4 p.m. - 11 p.m.: On-field workouts (defensive linemen and linebackers)

Sunday

2 p.m. - 7 p.m.: On-field workouts (defensive backs)

MEDIA SCHEDULE

Tuesday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Tight ends, quarterbacks, wide receivers
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.: NFL general managers and head coaches (Berry and Stefanski will speak in this window)

Wednesday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Kickers, offensive linemen, running backs

Thursday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Defensive linemen and linebackers

Friday

8 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Defensive backs

CLEVELAND BROWNS DAILY

Cleveland Browns Daily will air live from Indianapolis from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Nathan Zegura and Beau Bishop will be on site from the Indiana Convention Center, where they'll interview a slew of NFL experts and other special guests. The show can be heard LIVE on the Browns mobile app and is streamed LIVE on Twitter, Periscope and the Browns' YouTube Channel.

BEST PODCAST AVAILABLE

An episode of Best Podcast Available will be taped live from the Indiana Convention Center and will populate on all of the major podcast platforms early Thursday. Full episodes can be seen on the Browns' YouTube channel. SUBSCRIBE NOW to get the podcast when new episodes become available.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow @Browns on Twitter for all of the latest press conferences, articles, photos and more from Indianapolis. Browns Senior Broadcaster Nathan Zegura (@NathanZegura) and Senior Writer Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) will also be on-site providing updates throughout the week.

PLAYER FACTS

This year's 2020 NFL Combine class features 337 players. National champion LSU leads the way with 16 representatives while Michigan and Ohio State are tied for the second-most with 11. The SEC has, by far, the most player representatives with 93. The Big Ten follows with 57. Of the 337 players, 14 hail from colleges outside Division I - FBS.

BROWNS DRAFT PICKS

Cleveland holds the 10th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the first of seven selections. The Browns also hold picks at No. 41 pick (2nd round), No. 74 (3rd round) and No. 90 (3rd round via Houston). The Browns also hold three Day 3 selections that will be further specified after the NFL distributes compensatory picks: 4th round, 6th round (via Arizona) and 7th round (via Green Bay). 

THE BROWNS AND THE COMBINE

Since 2016, the Browns have drafted 40 players, 34 of which participated (in some fashion) at the NFL Combine. The six who did not: OL Drew Forbes (2019, 6th round), DB Donnie Lewis Jr. (2019, 7th round), WR Damion Ratley (2018, 6th round), DB Simeon Thomas (2018, 7th round), TE Seth DeValve (2016, 4th round) and DB Trey Caldwell (2016, 5th round).

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WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BROWNS

On a recent conference call, NFL Network draft expert Daniel Jeremiah was asked if it was tackle or bust for the Browns at No. 10.

"Look, you can make cases for a lot of those positions," Jeremiah said. "I feel like I keep saying some of the same thing with all these different teams. If you have a tackle that you really like, you have a young quarterback in Baker Mayfield, this is a big year for him. I think it would be hard to go in any other direction. Now, if you have a much higher grade, which I love (Clemson safety/linebacker) Isaiah Simmons, he's a great player and I have him right now on this list he's my fourth player. Whereas, you look at somebody like (Alabama OT) Jedrick Wills is down there as my 11th player. If you're going strictly off the board, you'd say Isaiah Simmons. But the grades are close enough where I think I would value for this Browns team protecting my quarterback with the left tackle. That's the direction that I would lean and I would go is, let's get that figured out. 

"You've got to be able to evaluate your quarterback. To fairly do that you've got to protect him. And I think that's kind of the boat that a bunch of these teams are in with these young guys. You've got young quarterbacks. If you look at the young quarterbacks that have been successful, for the most part a lot of them have had good offensive line play around them and that's been a huge benefit in their growth. So I'd like to see them give Baker Mayfield that benefit."

WHAT'S NEXT?

  • Starting next week, players will participate at Pro Days at their respective schools.
  • Free agency and trades can commence at the start of the new league year Wednesday, March 18, at 4 p.m.
  • Teams can invite up to 30 prospects for in-person visits leading up to the draft.
  • The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 23, and runs through April 25.

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