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TO, Mike Vrabel, John Johnson III hail from Browns’ Round 3 neighborhood

As the time nears to rally the draft wagon, the Browns own eight picks after the first round, mostly at slots that might suggest someone anonymous.

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All eight of those post-Round 1 slots have produced someone who for one reason or another became famous.

In Part 2 of the series, we delve into the Browns’ two scheduled spots in Round 3. We bring to the stage the names that get everyone’s attention. We take a quick look at the league’s recent picks at specific spots and recall interesting names from past Browns drafts, all with an aim of putting Cleveland’s 2021 draft in context.



a man holding a baseball bat: Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens holds up his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during halftime of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


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Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens holds up his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during halftime of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Round 3

Browns pick at No. 89

Notable No. 89s: Wichita State lineman Bill Parcells (Lions, 1964) got cut prior to what would have been his rookie season and immediately went into coaching. … Arizona safety Chuck Cecil (Packers, 1988) became the subject of a Sports Illustrated cover story headlined, “Is Chuck Cecil Too Vicious for the NFL?” … Fresno State halfback Lorenzo Neal (Saints, 1993) converted to fullback and made four Pro Bowls during a 16-year career. … Chattanooga wideout Terrell Owens (49ers, 1996) played 15 pro seasons and ranks third all-time with 15,934 receiving yards. … South Carolina tight end Jared Cook (Titans, 2009) has played 12 seasons and recently signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Chargers. … Akiem Hicks (Regina/Saints, 2012), a 350-pound defensive tackle, was named the 75th-best player in Bears history in a 2019 feature. He has been with Chicago since 2016.

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Last three 89s: Cornerback Cam Dantzler (Mississippi State/Vikings, 2020) landed on the PFWA; all-rookie team. … Linebacker Bobby Okere (Stanford/Colts, 2019) made the defensive rotation as a rookie and played more in 2020, when he had an interception against Baker Mayfield. … Guard Joseph Noteboom (TCU/Rams, 2018) has started in stretches at left guard and is in a contract year.

Four-year report: Three spots after the Chiefs picked Kareem Hunt, the Texans drafted RB D’Onta Foreman 89th, when he was coming off a 2,028-yard rushing year for the Texas Longhorns. Injury and attitude issues got him cut after two seasons. He is without a team after getting looks from the Colts and Titans. 

Five-year report: Defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, drafted 89th by the Steelers in 2016, proved himself on a rotation in his first three years and then gave the Steelers a career-high 680 snaps in his fourth year. He jumped to the Eagles in 2020 on a three-year, $39 million contract.



a close up of Bobby Mitchell: Washington receiver Bobby Mitchell of the East squad on the bench during the Pro Bowl at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Jan 12, 1964. (Darryl Norenberg-USA TODAY Sports)


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Washington receiver Bobby Mitchell of the East squad on the bench during the Pro Bowl at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Jan 12, 1964. (Darryl Norenberg-USA TODAY Sports)

Some Browns in the No. 89 neighborhood: Running back-wide receiver Bobby Mitchell (No. 84, 1958) blossomed into a Hall of Famer with Washington after four years of roles designed to complement Jim Brown in Cleveland. The Browns traded him for the draft rights to Ernie Davis in 1962. … Defensive lineman Pio Sagapolutele (No. 85, 1991) played all five seasons of the Belichick era. … Expansion-era picks include DB Chris Crocker (No. 84, 2003); QB Colt McCoy (No. 85, 2010); DT John Hughes (No. 87, 2012), and DT Jordan Elliott, (No. 88, 2020).

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Round 3

Browns pick at No. 91

Notable No. 91s: Cornerback Dick Jauron (Yale/Lions, 1973) played eight pro seasons en route to a long pro coaching career whose last stop was defensive coordinator in Cleveland. … QB Vince Ferragamo (Cal/Rams, 1977) led the Ram to a 19-17 lead over the Steelers after three quarters of Super Bowl XIV before Pittsburgh rallied to its fourth championship of the 1970s. . … Linebacker Mike Vrabel (Ohio State/Steelers, 1997) spent four years with Bill Cowher without ever starting a game before jumping to New England as a free agent. He started 127 games for Bill Belichick, including 17 in the postseason. … Defensive Frostee Rucker (Bengals, 2007) played in 162 NFL games, including 16 starts for the 2012 Browns. … LB NaVorro Bowman (49ers, 2010) made first-team All-Pro four times. He was drafted one spot before the Browns took guard Shawn Lauvao.

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Last three No. 91s: TE Devin Asiasi (UCLA/Patriots), 2020 played 213 downs as a rookie and made his only two catches in the season finale. … OT Trey Pipkins (Sioux Falls/Chargers, 2019) became a starter in 2020 and is the No. 1 left tackle pending the team’s pick at No. 13 in the draft. … WR Tre’Quan Smith (Central Florida/Saints, 2018) had TD catches of 56 and 16 yards in a 30-20 playoff loss to Tampa Bay in January. 

Four-year report: Safety John Johnson III (Boston College/Rams) was the 91st pick in 2017. He became a starter as a rookie and has started seven playoff games, including the 2018 NFC title game when he intercepted Drew Brees in overtime to set up a game-winning field goal. He recently joined the Browns on a three-year, $33.75 million contract.

Five-year report: QB Jacoby Brissett, drafted 91st by the Patriots in 2016, recently signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Dolphins, who drafted Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5 overall in 2020. Brissett is 12-20 as an NFL starter, including 7-8 with the 2019 Colts.



a group of men playing a game of baseball: Boston Celtics forward John Havlicek, jumps high for a rebound against the Houston Rockets in an NBA playoff game at Boston Garden, April 14, 1975. (AP Photo/ Walter Green, File)


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Boston Celtics forward John Havlicek, jumps high for a rebound against the Houston Rockets in an NBA playoff game at Boston Garden, April 14, 1975. (AP Photo/ Walter Green, File)

Some Browns in the No. 91 neighborhood: Win Carter (No. 91, 1950) was part of the Browns’ first NFL draft but never played an NFL down. … WR John Havlicek (No. 95, 1962) intended to play in both the NFL and NBA, but after Paul Brown made him the final cut in the 1962 training camp, he focused on the NBA and helped the Celtics win eight championships. … Center Fred Hoaglin (No. 93, 1966), who was born in Alliance, started in the 1968 and 1969 NFL championship games during 12-year pro career. … Expansion-era picks include CB Lewis Sanders (No. 95, 2000); CB Anthony Henry (No. 97, 2001); G Shawn Lauvao (No. 92, 2010); RB Terrance West (No. 94, 2014), and QB Cody Kessler (No. 93, 2016). 

Reach Steve at steve.doerschuk@cantonrep.com

On Twitter: @sdoerschukREP

This article originally appeared on The Repository: NFL draft Revue: TO, Mike Vrabel, John Johnson III hail from Browns’ Round 3 neighborhood

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