One of the best seasons in years means the Browns will have to wait a little longer than they’ve been accustomed to on the first night of the NFL Draft.
Cleveland, which finished 7-8-1 after Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, holds the 17th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft -- the lowest first-round pick it’s had entering the draft since 2008.
That 2008 pick, which was slated for 22nd, was ultimately made by the Cowboys because of a trade the previous year. The Browns didn’t make their selections until the 21st pick in 2009 and 2011, but those were a result of trades.
The Browns’ pick falls right behind the Panthers, who finished 7-9, and in front of the Vikings, who went 8-7-1. Arizona holds the first pick while the 49ers, Jets, Raiders and Buccaneers round out the top five.
The Browns hold 10 picks in the 2019 draft. They own all of their picks in the first six rounds along with a third-rounder from New England (Danny Shelton trade), fifth-rounders from New England (Josh Gordon) and Jacksonville (Carlos Hyde) and a seventh-rounder from Jacksonville (Cody Kessler). The Browns traded their seventh-round pick to New Orleans before the season in a trade for defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence.
The Browns, whose second-round pick will be No. 49 overall, will have a clearer view of where their picks fall as the NFL playoffs unfold.