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2016 NFL Draft: ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. gives Browns C, says they 'got quantity, some quality'

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 2, 2016

ESPN NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay offered their thoughts on the record-tying 14 picks the Browns made last week during a conference call on Monday.

Kiper gave the Browns a C for their draft. It was the lowest grade he assigned. Three other teams received a C, too.

Here are the thoughts of Kiper and McShay on the Browns.

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Browns cut outside linebacker Scott Solomon

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 2, 2016

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns decline to exercise fifth-year option on Barkevious Mingo’s contract, cut fellow outside linebacker Scott Solomon

The Browns cut outside linebacker Scott Solomon on Monday, the team announced.

The previous coaching staff had high hopes for him, and he began last season as a starter. But he suffered an ankle injury during the defense's first series in Week 1, then returned for Week 5, only to suffer a knee injury. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 14.

The Browns signed Solomon, 27, to their practice squad in November 2014. He appeared in the final two games that season, compiling seven tackles, including one sack, and a forced fumble.

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Cleveland Browns 2016 NFL Draft analysis (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: May 2, 2016
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The Cleveland Browns picked 14 players in the 2016 NFL Draft, the largest haul of any team in the league. On this week's podcast, Nate Ulrich and Dan Kadar take a look at who the Browns selected and whether or not they were the right pick.

MORE: Marla Ridenour - On critical night for their future, Browns avoid draft risks

Of course, the overarching theme of this draft for the Browns is that they didn't get quarterbacks Carson Wentz or Paxton Lynch. Will that come back to hurt the Browns? The Browns did draft a quarterback this year with third-round pick Cody Kessler. They explain why that selection made some sense.

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2016 NFL Draft: Browns pick Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright in seventh round (No. 250 overall)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2016

The Browns selected Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright in the seventh round (No. 250 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

He was the team's last pick in this draft.

The 5-foot-11 3/4, 239-pound Wright started all 14 games in 2014 and compiled 163 tackles, including 29 for loss and 14 sacks, to go along with six forced fumbles. He earned unanimous All-American honors.

But injuries limited him to only three games last season as a junior.

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Browns trade for Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2016

The Browns traded for Miami Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor on Saturday during the third and final day of the NFL Draft.

The Browns and Dolphins swapped seventh-round picks. The Browns dealt the 231st overall choice to the Dolphins in exchange for the No. 250 pick and Taylor.

Taylor, 25, started nine of 33 games for the Dolphins during the past three seasons. He started six of 12 games last season and compiled career bests with 48 tackles and four passes defensed. But Taylor was a healthy scratch for three of the last five games this past season and was active but did not play in another game during that stretch.

In 2013, the Dolphins drafted the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Taylor in the second round (No. 54 overall) out of Boise State.

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2016 NFL Draft: Browns pick Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Trey Caldwell in 5th round (No. 173 overall)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2016

The Browns selected Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Trey Caldwell in the fifth round (No. 173 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The 5-foot-9, 188-pound Caldwell started 12 of 13 games last season and compiled a career-high 52 tackles, 10 passes defensed and an interception returned for a touchdown.

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler ranked Caldwell 76th out of 81 corners in this year's draft. Analyst Nolan Nawrocki ranked him 45th among 95 corners in his draft guide.

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