NFL draft results 2017: Browns scoop up 3 picks in eventful 1st round

 <img alt="" src="" />      <p>There were several trades and a few surprises on Day 1. </p> <p id="zn1fKg">The first round of the 2017 draft featured lots of trades, several quarterbacks off the board, and some surprise picks here and there. Most of the bigger surprises involved the Browns, and Cleveland actually made smart choices on Day 1 of the draft. </p> <h2 id="HMimOO">Picks 1 through 10</h2> <p id="pz6OI5">The Browns kicked things off by making the right choice with the first overall pick, <a href="">taking pass rusher Myles Garrett</a>. There had been speculation that Cleveland would go with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky first overall, but by the time the draft kicked off, Garrett was once again the expected pick for Cleveland. </p> <p id="ZxUH8K">The first surprise pick of the round was also the evening’s first trade. The Bears moved up a spot, sacrificing some mid-round picks to trade with the San Francisco 49ers to select Trubisky at No. 2. <a href="">Bears fans did not love the selection</a>. </p> <p id="V1HK05">The 49ers were still able to get the player they were targeting at No. 3, <a href="">drafting defensive end Solomon Thomas</a>. The Jaguars, as expected, took a running back at No. 4, and <a href="">landed LSU’s Leonard Fournette</a>. </p> <p id="rdBjzR">The Titans’ big needs going into the first round were wide receiver and cornerback, and Tennessee satisfied the first one <a href="">with Western Michigan’s Corey Davis</a> with the fifth overall pick. Davis was prolific in the MAC, and the Titans will hope that productivity will translate to the NFL. </p> <p id="OaxrxJ">Next up were the Jets at No. 6, and they got arguably the best safety in the draft <a href="">with Jamal Adams</a>. The Chargers gave Philip Rivers a talented target in <a href="">Clemson receiver Mike Williams</a> at No. 7, and the Panthers filled a need at running back with the eighth pick, as expected, <a href="">with Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey</a>. </p> <p id="rPQfyN">Remember John Ross, the fastest player at the <a href="">NFL Combine</a>? Well, he’s a Cincinnati Bengal now, <a href="">after being selected with the ninth overall pick</a>. </p> <p id="ILIiRE">The next trade was a mild surprise, as the Kansas City Chiefs swapped picks with the Buffalo Bills <a href="">to draft quarterback Patrick Mahomes</a>. Mahomes is talented but raw, and he’ll have the opportunity to develop behind <a href="">Alex Smith</a> for the time being. The Chiefs gave up a third-round pick and a 2018 first-rounder to get Mahomes, so Kansas City must think he is the quarterback of the future.  </p> 
<h2 id="8yVSHe">Picks 11 through 20 </h2> <p id="8efr9q">The Saints added to their stable of former Buckeyes at No. 11 <a href="">with cornerback Marshon Lattimore</a>. Lattimore has some injury concerns, but his talent is undeniable and the Saints desperately need to improve the secondary. </p> <p id="LemMzE">The Browns made another smart move at No. 12, trading away their pick to the Houston Texans. Houston, a team with a desperate need at quarterback, <a href="">landed Deshaun Watson</a>. They’ll hope his winning ways will carry over to the NFL. </p> <p id="AS3GYD">The Cardinals need to think about life after Carson Palmer, but with the early run on quarterbacks in a weak class, it wasn’t really an option at No. 13. <a href="">They did grab Haason Reddick</a>, a linebacker with tremendous potential. </p> <p id="jrdFAL">Next up, the Eagles addressed the pass rush, <a href="">adding talented Tennessee product Derek Barnett at No. 14</a>. The Colts continued to address the defensive deficiencies that plagued Indianapolis last season, snagging a safety with exceptional range in Ohio State’s Malik Hooker. <a href="">Hooker is a solid value with the 15th pick</a>. </p> <p id="PMsoNa">It’s a deep draft for cornerbacks, and the Ravens filled a need and got one of the best in this class <a href="">with Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey at No. 16</a>. Baltimore added Brandon Carr this offseason, but still has a ways to go to strengthen the secondary. </p> <p id="22ufJq">Washington got a steal. <a href="">Jonathan Allen</a> may have been the most talented player in this draft, but concerns about arthritis in his shoulders caused him to fall <a href="">all the way to the 17th pick</a>. </p> <p id="jFcypt">After filling one need at receiver with the No. 5 pick, Tennessee filled yet another at No. 18. The Titans <a href="">drafted cornerback Adoree’ Jackson out of USC</a>, who has great potential. The only concern is that he’s a little undersized, which may give him challenges against bigger NFL receivers. </p> <p id="RpeY7q">The Buccaneers landed a well-rounded tight end with the 19th pick, <a href="">drafting Alabama’s O.J. Howard</a>. Howard has the unique combination of size, speed, and receiving ability that makes him a quality offensive threat for <a href="">Jameis Winston</a> and Co. </p> <p id="M2IR7r">Offensive line was a huge need for the Broncos after the struggles of the 2016 season, and <a href="">they addressed it at No. 20</a>. Utah’s Garett Bolles is headed to Denver, and <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_content=sbnationnfl&amp;utm_source=twitter">the adversity he faced as a young adult</a> helped prepare him for this transition. </p> <h2 id="mcPedB">Picks 21 through 32 </h2> <p id="ifUZUJ">The Lions filled a need and got a player with great instincts <a href="">at No. 21 in Jarrad Davis</a>. The Dolphins boosted the pass rush <a href="">with Charles Harris at No. 22</a>, and the Giants got a dynamic receiving tight end for Eli Manning to throw to in <a href="">Evan Engram with the 23rd pick</a>. </p> <p id="wFryh2">The next surprise of the first round was cornerback Gareon Conley. Conley is currently a suspect in an investigation stemming from sexual assault allegations made against him earlier this week. Those allegations and the active investigation didn’t stop <a href="">the Raiders from selecting him with the No. 24 pick</a>. </p> <p id="gbHvNb">The Browns made yet another smart move with the No. 25 pick they got from the Texans, <a href="">selecting versatile defender Jabrill Peppers</a>. Peppers played both safety and linebacker at the University of Michigan, though safety is his natural position. The Browns need playmakers in the secondary, and Peppers brings the added bonus of being able to return kicks and punts for Cleveland. </p> <p id="cdPVG7"><a href="">Dan Quinn</a> and the Falcons covet speed on defense, and they got a fast pass rusher in Takkarist McKinley. Atlanta had to trade up to get him, swapping picks with the Seahawks <a href="">to select McKinley 26th overall</a>. McKinley celebrated by giving an emotional post-pick speech about his grandmother, <a href="">complete with an f-bomb</a>. He said the league could just fine him later. </p> <p id="8AP9xo">The Bills bolstered the secondary <a href="">with LSU’s Tre’Davious White at No. 27</a>. The Cowboys were up next at No. 28, and <a href="">addressed the pass rush with Taco Charlton</a>. </p> <p id="JDJK8S">The Browns had 11 picks going into the draft, and added more with the trade back that let Houston select Deshaun Watson. They took advantage of it, trading back into the first round <a href="">to take tight end David Njoku at No. 29</a>. Many analysts thought Njoku was a better prospect than Evan Engram, and the Browns need all the playmakers they can get. </p> <p id="0zIgrH">The Steelers needed a linebacker, and grabbed one at No. 30, <a href="">selecting J.J. Watt’s brother, T.J. Watt</a>. </p> <p id="NFnImd">The 49ers traded back into the first round as well, swapping with the Seahawks, who had traded with the Falcons and gotten the 31st overall pick. <a href="">San Francisco used it on Reuben Foster</a>, who was probably the best middle linebacker prospect in this draft. Foster’s stock fell after he was sent home from the combine, and also because of a diluted drug test sample, but his talent is undeniable. </p> <p id="2xECP6">The last pick of the first round was Ryan Ramczyk. The Wisconsin tackle <a href="">went to the Saints with the No. 32</a> pick New Orleans got from the Patriots in the <a href="">Brandin Cooks</a> trade. </p> <p id="xx0JsO">The second round of the draft kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. </p> – All Posts