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2020 NFL Draft

Karlos Dansby, other veterans eager for new rookie class

While Browns general manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine and other key members watch tonight's NFL Draft unfold from a second-floor conference room in Berea, they'll hardly be the only ones sitting on the edge of their seats.

Several of Cleveland's key veteran players will also be viewing the draft to get a sneak peek at who their new teammates will be.

Linebacker Karlos Dansby was recently asked if the new rookies will need to be pulled aside by the veterans to understand how important of a season this will be for Cleveland. The 33-year-old had a surprising answer.

"No, not at all. Once they come in the building, they'll get bit by the bug," Dansby told Cleveland Browns Daily of the incoming rookie class. "It's real contagious around here right now."

Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden doesn't exactly care who Farmer ends up selecting but that player better be ready to listen to advice from a group of players hungry for a postseason berth. 

"Coach always talks about playing like a Brown – being tough, passionate and really love the game and not what the game brings to them," Haden said in a recent interview. "We just want to hit on them, hit on whoever we get. Just let them come in and be led, and work hard and can contribute."

It's long been speculated the Browns will take a defensive lineman with one of their picks in the first round to beef up the run defense and open up others for sacks.

A crowded positional classroom with loads of different talented players – and, in turn, difficult cuts to make come September – is exactly the competitive plan the Browns want implemented.

"The more the merrier," defensive lineman Billy Winn said.

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