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NFL Draft 2011: Notes about Browns' first-round pick Phil Taylor, plus other odds and ends

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

The Browns distributed the following notes after they picked Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor 21st overall last night:

  • Taylor is the first defensive lineman drafted by the Browns in the first round since 2001, when the team selected Gerard Warren out of Florida with the third overall pick. Taylor is the third defensive tackle picked by the Browns in the first round, joining Warren and Doug Atkins (Tennessee) in 1953.

  • Taylor is the 16th Baylor player drafted by the Browns and the first since fullback Marcus Strait in the sixth round in 1994. He is the first Baylor player selected by the Browns in the first round.

  • Taylor is the second 21st overall selection by the Browns in the last three years -- the other was center Alex Mack in 2009 -- and the sixth in franchise history. The following are all of the Browns' selections at No. 21: Taylor, Mack, center Jeff Faine (2003), linebacker Clifford Charlton (1998), offensive lineman Bob McKay (1970) and defensive end Marv Upshaw (1968).

  • Taylor traveled to Kenya on a mission trip with Baylor student-athletes in May 2010.

  • Baylor's associate head coach, Brian Norwood, is the father of Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood.

  • Taylor is the first defensive lineman selected with the 21st overall pick of the NFL Draft since Vince Wilfork was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2004.

  • Taylor combined with Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins (23rd overall, Philadelphia Eagles) to become the first pair of Baylor players to be selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft. Including Taylor and Watkins, Baylor has now had eight first-round picks since the inception of the common draft in 1967.

  • With two picks in the second round today (Nos. 37 and 59), this will be the third consecutive year in which the Browns have had multiple second-round draft choices. The last two drafts yielded the following picks for the Browns: 2010 --  safety T.J. Ward (No. 38) and running back Montario Hardesty (No. 59); 2009 -- wide receiver Brian Robiskie (No. 36), wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (No. 50) and linebacker David Veikune (No. 52).


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