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Cleveland Browns 2020 NFL Draft primer: Everything you need to know

It's finally time to log on for the 2020 NFL Draft.

The completely virtual event, which kicks off tonight at 8 p.m., will look and feel like nothing that's preceded it. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be announcing picks from his basement. Cameras will be in the homes of 58 different prospects. The hosts from the respective networks broadcasting it will be all alone. Draft analysts will be reporting live from their studies, likely in front of a very well-kept bookshelf.

Here's everything you need to know about the three biggest days on the NFL's offseason calendar, buffering not included.

Browns Virtual Draft Party

Before the 2020 NFL Draft gets started Thursday, we're inviting fans to congregate and enjoy the first-ever Browns Virtual Draft Party presented by Bud Light Seltzer.

The interactive live show, hosted by Nathan Zegura, is set for 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast for fans on the Browns' YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter. Viewers will get to hear the latest draft news, watch interviews with a number of celebrity guests, including country star/Browns fan Brad Paisley, and have an opportunity to win prizes.

How/When to watch

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

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

Saturday (Rounds 4-7): 12 p.m. - ABC/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, 7-12 a.m. on Friday and 12-3 p.m. on Saturday. Listen the traditional way or download the Browns App to stream.

For the second screen experience...

Follow @Browns on Twitter and @ClevelandBrowns on Instagram or keep tabs on the Browns’ Facebook page.

The Browns' picks

Round 1: 10

Round 2: 41

Round 3: 74, 97 (via Houston)

Round 4: 115

Round 5: N/A

Round 6: 187 (via Cardinals)

Round 7: 244 (via Packers)

Special guest

Fletcher Rollinson, a 12-year-old who has been bravely battling a rare brain tumor, will deliver a special video message before the Browns' first-round pick is announced. Rollinson, who hails from the Greater Cleveland area, made a connection with Jarvis Landry and other players when he attended a game last season. Landry wore a bracelet in Rollinson's honor throughout the season.

Who went 10th last season, and when was the pick made?

The Steelers, after swapping picks with the Broncos, selected LB Devin Bush at 9:28 p.m.

Is this a spot that typically produces great players?

Four Hall of Famers -- RB Marcus Allen, RB Jerome Bettis, DT Alex Karras and S Rod Woodson -- and a number of multi-time All-Pros were the No. 10 picks in their respective drafts. Of the last 10 No. 10 picks, four -- Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley, Stephon Gilmore and Eric Ebron -- have made at least one Pro Bowl.

Got a mock?

Check out photos of some of the best late-round selections in Browns history

Since 1999, which positions have the Browns targeted in the first round?

QB - 5
RB - 2
WR - 2
TE - 2
OL - 3
DL - 5
LB - 2
DB - 4

By conference?

SEC - 7
Big Ten - 5
Big 12 - 5
ACC - 5
Pac-12 - 2
Notre Dame - 2

Pop quiz

The Browns have taken two first-rounders apiece from eight schools since 1999. Can you name them?

Crazy when you think about it …

This is the first time the Browns have entered the first night of the NFL Draft with one, singular pick in the first round since 2016 and just the second time since 2013. Last year, of course, the Browns didn't have a first-round pick after the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. In the other years, the Browns entered the night with multiple selections.


Florida (Joe Haden, Gerard Warren), Notre Dame (Jeff Faine, Brady Quinn), Baylor (Phil Taylor, Corey Coleman), Texas A&M (Johnny Manziel, Myles Garrett), Michigan (Braylon Edwards, Jabrill Peppers), OK State (Justin Gilbert, Brandon Weeden), Florida State (Cameron Erving, Kamerion Wimbley) and Miami (William Green, David Njoku)

What about next year?

The Browns own their picks in Rounds 1-6 along with additional picks in the fourth round (Eagles/Genard Avery trade), fifth round (Rams/Austin Corbett trade) and seventh round (Bills/Wyatt Teller trade). Cleveland's seventh-round pick was sent to Denver in the trade for FB Andy Janovich.

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