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Cleveland Browns 2019 NFL Draft primer: Everything you need to know

It’s draft time in Cleveland, and the Browns are in a relatively unfamiliar position.

For the first time since 2008, the Browns don’t hold a first-round selection entering the first night of the draft. That could change, of course, but it’d require a trade or two to put Cleveland back inside the first 32 picks.

Still, it’s an important weekend for the Browns, who built through the draft in a big way before their markedly improved 2019 campaign.

Here’s everything you need to know about the three biggest days on the NFL’s offseason calendar.

How/when to watch

Thursday (Round 1): 8 p.m. - ABC/ESPN/NFL Network

Friday (Rounds 2 & 3): 7 p.m. - ESPN/NFL Network

Saturday (Rounds 4-7): 12 p.m. - ESPN/NFL Network

What if I’m driving or watching something else?

Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network will serve as the official radio home of the Browns’ 2019 NFL Draft, airing 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. on Thursday, 7-11 p.m. on Friday and 12-3 p.m. on Saturday.

What if I don’t like moving pictures and/or sound?

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The Browns’ picks

Round 1: N/A
Round 2: 49
Round 3: 80
Round 4: 119
Round 5: 144 (via Jaguars), 155, 170 (via Patriots)
Round 6: 189
Round 7: 221 (via Jaguars)

Who went 49th, 80th last season, and when were the picks made?

49. TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles (Day 2, 8:19 p.m.) - He caught 33 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season.

80. OT Martinas Rankin, Texans (Day 2, 10:03 p.m.) - Rankin appeared in all 16 games with four starts.

Anyone more memorable than that?

Former All-Pro center Max Unger was the 49th pick in 2009. Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson went 49th in 2008. Kicker Martin Gramatica went 80th in 2000. Four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski went 80th in 1988.

Got a mock?

The staff of ClevelandBrowns.com decided to gather for one last mock draft before the actual draft takes place Thursday-Saturday in Nashville. Since the Browns don't own a first-round pick, we went two rounds deep. View photos of our picks for the Browns.

What about trades?

Browns general manager John Dorsey has traded at least one of his picks in each of the six drafts he’s presided as a team’s general manager. That moves to seven in 2019, of course, as the Browns already parted with their first-rounder and a third-rounder they acquired from the Patriots in a previous trade in their mega deal with the New York Giants. In all, Dorsey has made 18 trades involving draft picks since 2013, many of which have come during the course of the draft. Last year, Cleveland moved up from 115 to 104 in the fourth round to select wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

What positions have the Browns targeted the most in the last 5 years?

QB - 4
RB - 4
WR - 7
TE - 3
FB - 1
OT - 2
OG - 3
C - 1
DE - 5
DT - 4
LB - 5
CB - 8
S - 3
K - 1

What happened the last time Dorsey didn’t make a 1st-round pick?

In 2016, Dorsey traded out of the first round, sending the No. 28 pick and a seventh-rounder to San Francisco in exchange for the 49ers’ second-, fourth- and sixth-round selections. Dorsey used that second-rounder to select defensive tackle Chris Jones, one of the best young players at his position in the NFL. Later in that draft, he selected future All-Pro Tyreek Hill in the fifth round.

What happened the last time Cleveland didn’t have a 1st-round pick

… The Browns didn’t have a second- or third-rounder, either. The year was 2008, and Cleveland’s first of five picks came at No. 104 in the fourth round (LB Beau Bell). Of note, the Browns landed defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin in the sixth round. Rubin went on to play more than 100 games for Cleveland.

What about next year?

The Browns currently own all of their 2020 picks along with a sixth-rounder from Arizona (Jamar Taylor trade) and a seventh-rounder from Buffalo (Corey Coleman trade).

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