WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–Chad Thomas, the defensive end selected by the Browns in the third round, plays nine instruments, including the guitar, piano, drums and trumpet.

“The music is just a hobby and something I’m good at,” Thomas said. “You can’t spend time on football 24/7. I feel you can be good at two things. Some people feel like it’s a bad thing, but I don’t really listen to what other people say.”

–This is the sixth time the Browns had multiple picks in the first round since 1999: Tackle Joe Thomas and quarterback Brady Quinn in 2007; running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden in 2012; cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2014; nose tackle Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Cameron Erving in 2015; defensive end Myles Garrett, safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku in 2017 and quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward this year.

–The players did not fall off the draft board in the same order many analysts ranked them. Browns vice president of personnel Alonzo Highsmith doesn’t care.

“First of all, I don’t know who those guys are who are ranking these guys,” Highsmith said. “That doesn’t matter to me. I’m confident in my ability. I’m confident in (general manager) John Dorsey’s ability. I’m confident in Eliot’s ability (assistant general manager Eliot Wolf). I have confidence in what we do as a group in this organization. The only thing we’re concerned about during the draft is getting the draft board right for the Cleveland Browns.”

–Baker Mayfield made the Texas Tech football team as a walk-on, then made the Sooners as a walk-on when he transferred to Oklahoma after the 2013 season because Texas Tech wouldn’t commit a scholarship to him, even though Mayfield won the starting job as a true freshman.

No college walk-on since the common draft began in 1967 was ever made the first pick in the NFL draft until the Browns bestowed that honor on Mayfield. Mayfield walked on twice and left college football as the Heisman Trophy winner.

“Thinking about how long it’s been and where I came from, a very surreal feeling,” Mayfield said. “Definitely not one that I would have imagined back then, but I’m happy about it now.”

 

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