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2020 NFL Draft

Browns draft class expected to leave a 'stamp,' and 5 last things to know from Day 3

The dust from the 2016 NFL Draft has settled.

And after 14 picks (the franchise's largest class since 1979), five trades and countless hours of evaluation, the Browns have their newest crop of players.

"I think it has been a tremendous few days for us. We set out to strengthen our team, to improve our team in a lot of different areas, and I think we have accomplished that," Jackson said Saturday.

"I think about the hard work that goes into one of these drafts and it is not just the past three days. It has been a lot of work to get to this point and to go and finish it like we have, I think it has been tremendous work by the whole organization from top to bottom."

From first-round pick and Baylor receiver Corey Coleman to seventh-round pick and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, Jackson said he was pleased with what could leave its mark.

"I truly believe that this class will start to put a stamp on what we are truly about and what we are becoming," Jackson said.

Here's what you should know from the draft.

Addressing a major roster need

In part of a strategy designed to strike a balance between taking the best players available and addressing immediate roster needs, Cleveland drafted four wide receivers — Baylor's Corey Coleman, Auburn's Ricardo Louis, UCLA's Jordan Payton, and Colorado State's Rashard Higgins — to shore up a position group in need of depth.

"What I think is important is you that have to score the ball. You have to score touchdowns and you have to put yourself in a position to score touchdowns," Jackson said. "Schematically, we will be as good as we can be, but at the same time, you need to have players that give you the flexibility to do that from a lot of different areas from a lot of different places, whether it is from air or from land."

Coleman was the 2015 Biletnikoff Award winner, Higgins was a consensus All-American in 2014 and Payton is UCLA's career leader in receptions.

"I think we have accomplished that from this draft to go along with the guys we already have here," Jackson said. "It is going to give us a chance to put out the best of the best that we have. I think that is what is important."

Fit on and off the field

The Browns made character off the field as much of a priority as talent on it, a dynamic that both Jackson, executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry have stressed over the past few months.

DePodesta, who helped oversee his first NFL Draft, said there's neither a test nor a "silver bullet" to determine the character of a player.

"But what we have to do is spend as much time as we can with him as we can," DePodesta said. "Our scouts have done a tremendous job of trying to get to know these kids as best they can, get to know their coaches, get to know everyone around their program."

After all, Cleveland signed the likes of Auburn tackle Shon Coleman, who battled leukemia before rejoining the Tigers; Scooby Wright, who has worked his way back from a torn meniscus last season; Carl Nassib, who went from a walk-on to the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year; and Emmanuel Ogbah, who came to America after turmoil in Nigeria prompted him and his family to move to Houston.

"We're always looking to add players to the roster who have toughness and who have overcome adversity," Berry said. "This is a tough sport and you need tough men to play it. We're happy with all these guys and we think they embody that criteria."

The changeup

Jackson doesn't like to call it a "rebuilding process," but he said there's "going to be a change" in Cleveland following a string of disappointing seasons.

"We're not there yet by any stretch of the imagination. We have a long way to go, but you have to start some place," Jackson said.

"I think this is where we are starting. This is going to be our first class, and I have been more than excited to be with the people that I am with going through this process. It has been outstanding, and it is going to be a change, and we are looking forward to it."

Confidence at RB

After choosing not to draft a running back, Jackson made it clear the Browns are confident in the unit that includes Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell, who are expected to play key roles on offense next season.

"(That decision) says that I'm very happy with the guys that are here. That's one of the things that once I got here that I wanted to take a strong look at. From top to bottom, I think we have some good candidates here," Jackson said.

"We still have a ways to go. Obviously, no shoulder pads have been put on or any helmets, but the guys accepted my challenge and I think (run game coordinator/running backs) Coach (Kirby) Wilson has done a really great job of really bringing these guys along. We have a long way to go, but we will find out a lot more about them in training camp. I am very happy with the group thus far."

Brown added, "We expect big things out of both those guys."

No Buckeyes, but still lots of respect

Twelve Buckeyes — including three in the top 10 — were drafted this weekend. And while the Browns passed on taking members of the Scarlet and Gray, don't conflate that with a lack of appreciation or respect for what Urban Meyer and Ohio State have done in recent years.

"We like a lot of those guys. A lot of them," Brown said. " A lot of them were very high on our board."

He added: "I do trust that there will be some Buckeyes on this roster in the future."

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