Cleveland Browns NFL Draft 2024 guide: Picks, predictions and key needs


The Cleveland Browns’ first selection will come in the second round at No. 54 when the 2024 NFL Draft begins April 25 in Detroit. They currently own just five picks in the seven-round draft.

Browns’ draft picks

Round Pick Overall Notes

2

22

54

3

21

85

5

21

156

From Eagles, via Cardinals

6

30

206

From Ravens

7

23

243

Full draft order

Every pick in the seven-round NFL Draft.

NFL Draft details

• Round 1: April 25, 8 p.m. ET
• Rounds 2-3: April 26, 7 p.m. ET
• Rounds 4-7: April 27, noon ET

All rounds will be televised on ESPN/ABC and NFL Network and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

— The Beast is coming! Keep your eyes peeled for Dane Brugler’s annual guide to the NFL Draft, publishing Wednesday, April 10. 

About the Browns

• Head coach: Kevin Stefanski (fifth season with team)
• Last year’s record: 11-6, eliminated in AFC wild-card round

The Browns had a wild but successful 2023 season as they became the first team since 2015 to win a game with four different starting quarterbacks and make the playoffs along the ride. They entered March with few glaring roster needs and focused on keeping the core of last year’s team together. The defense was fixed last offseason and thrived under the pressure-first scheme implemented by defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The offense needs to be fixed now, as Deshaun Watson works his way back from major shoulder surgery, Nick Chubb works his way from two major knee surgeries and new receiver Jerry Jeudy aims to give the Browns speed they didn’t have last season. The Browns rushed into an extension for Jeudy, continuing a line of big bets on the offensive side that have produced mixed results thus far.

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Browns’ key position needs

Defensive line: Last year, this was the clear top offseason priority. But most of the group returns, and the Browns have gotten older across the defensive front. There’s risk in that, but reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Myles Garrett headlines a group that will look to add some youth in the draft.

Wide receiver: Amari Cooper remains the clear-cut No. 1 wideout. But he’ll be 30 during the final year of his current contract, and the Browns have question marks behind him. With Elijah Moore also entering the final year of his current deal, look for Cleveland to try to add a developmental-type prospect even after the addition of Jeudy.

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Round it out: Mostly, the Browns are drafting for depth and for the future. All 11 opening-day offensive starters are on track to be back, and the defense returns its top rushers, top four cornerbacks and top five safeties. In many ways, Pro Bowl tight end David Njoku is a turbo-charged wide receiver, so look for the Browns at some point to add another traditional tight end.

Future flexibility: The Browns don’t consider linebacker a premium position, but they do consider offensive tackle one. With some uncertainty surrounding the futures of Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin, the Browns could draft a developmental tackle. Though they’ll likely draft a linebacker, too, their recent track record says they won’t prioritize that position.

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The Athletic’s latest mock drafts

April 8: Nick Baumgardner’s three-round NFL mock draft
Baumgardner has the Browns adding receiver and O-line help with their first two selections.

April 4: Bruce Feldman’s NFL mock draft
Feldman has Cleveland selecting Georgia wideout Ladd McConkey with its first pick in the second round.

March 25: Ben Standig’s NFL mock draft
Standig has the Browns selecting Iowa State cornerback T.J. Tampa with their first pick in Round 2.

March 21: Beat writer mock draft 2.0
Jackson has Cleveland taking defensive tackle Michael Hall Jr. out of Ohio State with its first selection at No. 54.

March 5: Dane Brugler’s post-combine mock draft
Brugler has the Browns adding to their receiving corps by selecting Florida wideout Ricky Pearsall.

Feb. 22: Beat writer mock draft 1.0
Jackson has the Browns going with Western Kentucky wide receiver Malachi Corley with their first selection.

Browns’ last five top picks

2023: Cedric Tillman, WR, No. 74 — He’s a big target, and the team is optimistic he’ll take a leap after a quiet rookie season. General manager Andrew Berry has made several good decisions in rebuilding the Browns, but the next wide receiver draft pick who becomes a hit will be the first.

2022: Martin Emerson Jr., CB, No. 68 — He’s at least a keeper and appears to have some star qualities. Though he struggled in January’s playoff loss, Emerson is fearless, savvy and allows the Browns to play man-to-man at a higher rate than the league average. He could be a year away from a big-money extension.

2021: Greg Newsome II, CB, No. 26 — Newsome had an up-and-down 2023, but he returned his first career interception for a touchdown in a November win at Baltimore and remains an important player. The Browns face a May decision on his 2025 option of more than $15 million, and his future is uncertain because he’s currently the team’s No. 3 cornerback. A big season lies ahead.

2020: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, No. 10 — A college right tackle for the left-handed Tua Tagovailoa, Wills immediately transitioned to the left side with the Browns. He’s been mostly solid when healthy, but his long-term future is uncertain. He’s playing 2024 on a twice-reworked fifth-year option of his rookie deal, and he’ll need a strong year to put himself in the team’s long-term plans.

2019: Greedy Williams, CB, No. 46 — Williams struggled to stay healthy and never played much past his rookie season. The Browns’ current regime drafted over him twice, and Williams left after the 2022 season to be a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

(Photo of Malachi Corley: Isaiah Vazquez / Getty Images)





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