The long wait is almost over. The NFL Draft, which in the new era of the Browns, has become the team’s annual Super Bowl, is tonight in New York City.

It’s the first NFL Draft that new general manager Ray Farmer will conduct. How important is the draft for the franchise?

“I think that every draft is important. It’s really the lifeblood of every organization. Adding guys through the draft is an interesting piece to the puzzle. Some guys you take because you realize they’re not going to be ready right away, but they have a greater upside. Other guys you take with the hopes that they’re going to contribute immediately. That being the case, I think that as we look at the draft from our team’s perspective, there are guys that you’re going to want to see contribute right away; there are going to be other guys that we will look to redshirt, in some sense, as far as we’re not looking to throw them out on the field and see what they do right away.”

The Browns own the 4th overall pick in the draft and also will select at the number 26 slot.

The draft holds just round one on tonight. Rounds 2 thru 7 are conducted from tomorrow through Saturday.

Wednesday, Canton was named in a New York Post article as a possible future location.

FOX 8 reached out to Joe Horrigan with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He said, “The NFL has suggested recently that moving the Draft to other cities in the future might be considered as they look for additional ways to make the draft “bigger and better.” We are pleased that Canton is one of the cities sited in the article.


Article and Picture Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News

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