Cleveland Browns take three players in first round of NFL Draft

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BEREA, Ohio-- It was a busy and historic night for the Cleveland Browns.

Pete Thomas #14 of the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks throws over Myles Garrett #15 of the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on November 1, 2014 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The franchise selected three players in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, including No. 1 overall pick defensive end Myles Garrett. It marks the 10th time the Browns have made multiple first-round selections in the same draft and the first time with three.

The Browns opted against taking a quarterback Thursday night, despite the obvious need at the position.

“We obviously value the position, but we don’t want to force it," said head coach Hue Jackson. "We have a lot of holes to fill on this roster. For us, it is just about making sure that when we get the quarterback, it is someone that we all believe in and can get behind and move forward."

Most experts considered Garrett, a three-year starter at Texas A&M, to be the best player in this year's draft. In his final college season, the 6-foot-4 defensive end had 15 tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks.

“They picked me because they think they see something in me, and they know that I can help them rebuild and turn this program around. That’s the mindset that we have to have. Starting next year, we can put the pieces together, not only the players but with a mindset that we can actually do this," Garrett said.

The Browns traded down with Houston at No. 12, a pick they had originally acquired in a draft-day trade with the Eagles last year. They gained the Texans' first-round selection in 2018 and continued to focus on defense. Cleveland grabbed Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers, known for playing on both sides of the ball, at No. 25.

Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines dives for a first quarter touchdown while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“I’m a tenacious defender. I’m a guy who’s a competitor. I’m going to out-compete and out-challenge. That’s what I am going to continue and want to continue to do once I get to the league," Peppers told reporters.

But Cleveland wasn't done dealing. They swapped a second-round selection with Green Bay to take tight end David Njoku late in the first round.

"I think I can bring my speed and like I said, my athletic ability. I think I was rated the most yards after catch tight end in the draft this year. I think I can be a crucial player for the Browns. I just have to keep working hard, give God the glory and I think I will be OK," Njoku said.

When the NFL Draft resumes Friday night, the Browns have the 52nd and 65th overall picks.

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