With the top two quarterbacks long gone, the Cleveland Browns selected Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton should help a defense that ranked last in the NFL against the run in 2014.
Much of the pre-draft speculation centered on the Browns, who also have the No. 19 overall pick, possibly moving up and to take the franchise quarterback they’ve coveted since their expansion rebirth. Cleveland has started 22 quarterbacks since 1999, and the club’s inability to find an elite one has kept the Browns irrelevant.
They had two picks to dangle in front of Tennessee, but once the Titans took Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at No. 2, the Browns addressed one of their other big needs – a run stuffer.
The Cleveland Browns selected offensive lineman Cameron Erving with the No. 19 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Erving finished last season snapping to Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston after starting 13 games as a left tackle the previous year. The 6-foot-5, 313-pounder began his college career as a defensive tackle.
Erving adds depth to Cleveland’s offensive line, and he could be a long-term backup plan at center if Pro Bowler Alex Mack decides to opt out of his contract after next season.
A year after Browns general manager Ray Farmer made three trades in the first round, the Browns stayed put and addressed two major needs. With the No. 12 pick, Cleveland selected Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton, a 6-2, 339-pound run stuffer.
Cleveland acquired the No. 19 pick in a trade last year with Buffalo.
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