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Cleveland Browns officially hold No. 26 pick in 2021 NFL Draft

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 11:55:22-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns will have the 26th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which is set for April 29-May 1 in downtown Cleveland.

This is the latest first-round selection Cleveland will carry into the offseason since 1995, when it also had the 26th slot. The Browns were among the four playoff teams whose season came to an end this weekend.

The Browns have nine selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Who will the Browns take at No. 26? It's not too early to speculate.

  • Pro Football Focus forecasts Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. During his time with Notre Dame, Owusu-Koramoah served as the rover in the Fighting Irish defense. He allowed only five first downs across 200 slot coverage snaps with an interception.
  • CBS Sports predicts Azeez Ojulari, a speedy linebacker from Georgia, to take the No. 26 spot. He projects as an edge rusher.
  • NBC Sports has defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips of the Miami Hurricanes as another contender. The former top prospect returned to football after medically retiring while at UCLA and had a great season for Miami with 8 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in 10 games.

Here's the first-round order up through No. 28.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Philadelphia Eagles
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Carolina Panthers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. San Francisco 49ers
  13. Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. New England Patriots
  16. Arizona Cardinals
  17. Las Vegas Raiders
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Washington Football Team
  20. Chicago Bears
  21. Indianapolis Colts
  22. Tennessee Titans
  23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. New Orleans Saints

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