September 17, 2014

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Browns draft OL Mitchell Schwartz in 2nd round, take DT in 3rd round

BEREA – The Browns addressed another offensive need tonight, taking California tackle Mitchell Schwartz with their second-round pick, No. 37 overall.

They traded the No. 67 pick to Denver for Nos. 87 and 120, then took University of Cincinnati defensive tackle John Hughes with the 87th pick.

Schwartz is expected to start at right tackle and solidify an offensive line that could become a team strength. The Browns picked running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round Thursday.

Schwartz (6-5 3/8, 318 pounds) played right tackle in 2009 and left tackle the last two seasons. He will replace Tony Pashos at right tackle. Pashos needed surgery following last season, was cut in the offseason and is expected to miss next season.

The Browns chose Schwartz over another need, wide receiver. LSU’s Rueben Randle and Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill were still available.

The Browns realized the need at right tackle and must have had Schwartz rated higher. They are expected to pick at least one receiver with their remaining seven picks, perhaps as early at No. 67 later tonight.

Schwartz was picked ahead of Georgia’s Cordy Glenn and Ohio State’s Mike Adams — other possibilities at right tackle. Schwartz started 51 games for Cal.

Hughes (6-2 1/2, 309 pounds) was described as a “solid, rotational player” by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, but he wasn’t rated highly in the draft books. Pro Football Weekly said he was a late draftable pick with good size and long arms but took plays off.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. rated him the 40th defensive tackle in the draft.