PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Cleveland Browns passed on two quarterbacks and made a trade before selecting Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Despite a major need for a franchise QB, Cleveland didn’t take Clemson’s Deshaun Watson at No. 12, instead swapping picks with Houston and acquiring the Texans’ first-round pick next year.
Peppers played multiple positions for the Wolverines. He’s projected as a safety in the NFL, filling another hole for the Browns.
Coming off a disastrous 1-15 season, the Browns played it safe and smart with the first overall pick, selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.
Cleveland was interested in North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but he was surprisingly scooped up at No. 2 by Chicago. Also, Kansas City jumped in front of the Browns at No. 10 and took Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes.
The Browns have two first-round picks and three second-rounders next year, possible ammunition to trade for a veteran quarterback.
Peppers’ fellow Wolverine Taco Charlton, an defensive end, was drafted No. 28 to the Dallas Cowboys.