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Browns take Garrett No. 1, add Michigan’s Peppers, TE in first round

The Cleveland Browns did what everyone expected them to with the first pick in the NFL Draft, selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett is the first player from Texas A&M to be the top overall pick. He was a three-year starter for the Aggies, recording double-digit sacks all three years for a career total of 36.

Garrett is the sixth defensive lineman the Browns have drafted in the first three rounds since 2015, joining defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah (second round, 2016), Carl Nassib (third round, 2016) and Nate Orchard (second round, 2015) and defensive tackles Danny Shelton (first round, 2015) and Xavier Cooper (third round, 2015).

The Browns also own the No. 12 pick, but as the first round continnued a report came from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Cleveland is trying to trade for Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

That did not go down before the 12th pick, nor did the Browns actually use the pick.

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They traded it to the Houston Texans, who chose Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

In exchange, the Browns got the No. 25 pick this year and Houston’s first round pick in next year’s draft.

They used the 25th pick to select Jabrill Peppers, a versatile star player at Michigan whose NFL position has been the subject of some consternation for draft analysts.

He played safety, cornerback and linebacker while also returning kicks and punts and moonlighting on offense during his time in Ann Arbor.

Cleveland then traded back into the first round to select Miami tight end David Njoku.

For the right to select him at No. 29, the Browns sent the Packers their second round pick (No. 33 overall) and a fourth-rounder (No. 108).

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