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Browns NFL Draft Recap 2024

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2024

It was an odd season for the Cleveland Browns.

On one hand, the resurgence of Joe Flacco secured the Browns the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. On the other hand, where does that leave the team with Deshaun Watson?

Watson wasn’t bad; however, he only played in six games. The Browns are stuck because they’re going to have to re-sign Flacco to ensure they have insurance should Watson’s injury woes continue.

That leaves open the likelihood the offseason will be dominated with QB controversy talk, on top of the baggage that Watson already carries with him.

Oh, right, and there’s the entire rest of the team to worry about. For example, Nick Chubb coming back from injury and possibly being a cap casualty as he only carries a $4M cap hit and would provide nearly $12M in cap savings should he be released.

It’ll be a busy offseason in Cleveland, that’s for sure.

Browns NFL Draft Picks 2024

  • Round 2, Pick 54
  • Round 3, Pick 85
  • Round 5, Pick 135
  • Round 5, Pick 155
  • Round 6, Pick 205
  • Round 6, Pick 208
  • Round 7, Pick 228

Brown NFL Futures Odds

Get ready for the 2024-25 NFL season with the latest Browns odds and futures betting markets.

Browns NFL Draft Round 1 Mock 2024

The Browns do not have a first round pick as they traded it to Houston as part of the Deshaun Watson trade.

Find more draft insights in our full NFL Mock Draft 2024.

Browns Draft Team Needs 2024

Note: The following information was written prior to the 2024 NFL Draft.

1. Edge

Myles Garrett, as he should, anchors this team’s pass rush and led Cleveland with 14 sacks. The issue is that the next best pass rusher, Za’Darius Smith, only generated 5.5 sacks and had a miserable 20.8% missed tackle rate.

Smith is decent and aging, as he’ll be 32 next year. Alex Wright has big-time potential and Ogbo Okoronkwo has never been a starter.

Using a second round pick on the pass rush makes sense in today’s NFL although Cleveland may evaluate their depth players differently.

2. Linebacker

Anthony Walker Jr. , Sione Takitaki, and Jacob Phillips are all on expiring deals and headed to free agency. The entire linebacker group is replacement-level besides Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

I’d love an inside linebacker taken in the third round. It’d be perfect if Michigan’s Junior Colson or North Carolina’s Cedric Gray were available at the Browns’ 85th overall pick in Round 3.

3. Defensive Tackle

The Browns led the league in rushing plays of 20+ yards allowed (18). While a lot of that is on poor linebacker play, it all starts at the point of attack.

Dalvin Tomlinson is one of the best to ever do it, but he is about two years past his prime. Shelby Harris had a solid 2023 season, but he’ll be 33 years old and a UFA this offseason.

More Position Needs: Wide receiver, Interior offensive line, Safety, Running back
Offseason re-sign priorities: WR Amari Cooper, OT Jedrick Wills, DE Za’Darius Smith

Browns Draft Grade 2024

Grade: Coming soon

Read the evaluations in our full 2023 report card of NFL Draft Grades. 2024 grades will be published soon after the draft.

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Browns NFL Draft Pick History

2023

  • Round 3, Pick 74: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
  • Round 3, Pick 98: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
  • Round 4, Pick 111: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
  • Round 4, Pick 126: Isaiah McGuire, DE, Missouri
  • Round 5, Pick 140: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA
  • Round 5, Pick 142: Cameron Mitchell, CB, Northwestern
  • Round 6, Pick 190: Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State

2022

  • Round 3, Pick 68: Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
  • Round 3, Pick 78: Alex Wright, DE, UAB
  • Round 3, Pick 99: David Bell, WR, Purdue
  • Round 4, Pick 108: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
  • Round 4, Pick 124: Cade York, K, LSU
  • Round 5, Pick 156: Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati
  • Round 6, Pick 202: Mike Woods, WR, Oklahoma
  • Round 7, Pick 223: Isaiah Thomas, EDGE, Oklahoma
  • Round 7, Pick 246: Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech

Author

Matt De Lima

Matt is a sports content editor at The Game Day with more than 10 years experience in the fantasy and betting spaces. He is a two-time Fantasy Sports Writing Association award finalist with previous experience working for Sports Illustrated, Full Time Fantasy, FFToolbox, 4for4, and RotoExperts. Born and raised in California, Matt now calls southern Maryland home. He is a Virginia Tech alumnus and a life-long 49ers, Lakers, and Dodgers fan.

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