The Cleveland Browns traded out of the No. 64 pick with the Indianapolis Colts, getting a third round pick, No. 67, and a sixth round pick, No. 178. With the No. 67 pick, the Browns selected defensive end Chad Thomas of Miami (FL). In four seasons with the Hurricanes, he posted 49 games played, notching 103 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and 11 sacks. In his senior season last year, he notched 41 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in 13 starts.
So, what are the Browns getting in their newest defensive lineman? NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say about the Browns newest defensive lineman:
Has all the physical and athletic traits that a team could look for along the edge and he’s versatile enough to play in an odd or even front. Thomas’ draft grade is based much more on projection than production and he will need prove that he can convert coaching into success on the field as a pass rusher. Thomas has the potential to become a much better pro than college player, but his floor is lower than you might like.
At 6-foot-5, 281 pounds, Thomas will come in and add much needed depth to the defensive line. Behind Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah, the Browns need more edge players to add to their depth chart. So, this pick of Chad Thomas fills a need for the roster.
Thomas is also an interesting kid with some incredible talents. The big defensive end is able to play nine instruments (piano, trombone, euphonium, bass guitar, regular guitar, snare, tuba, trumpet and drums). You can read more about his musical side here.
Want to see what the Browns are getting in Miami (FL) defensive end Chad Thomas? Check out his 2017 highlights below:
2018 Browns Draft Picks