Browns Trade Up to Take Taylor

Browns address defensive line with first pick in 2011 NFL Draft.

BEREA—The Browns now have at least two defensive linemen

With the switch to the 4-3, it was widely talked about the Browns needing to address the defensive line in the draft Many thought they would take one of the bigger names with the sixth pick in the first round However, after trading down to the 27th spot in the first round, the Browns moved back up to the 21st spot in a trade with the Chiefs and drafted defensive lineman Phillip Taylor from Baylor To move up six places, the Browns gave up their third-round choice (70th overall) to the Chiefs

"I'm not surprised but when I saw the trade down (with the Chiefs), I thought it was going to be me," Taylor said "I had a good visit with the coaches and felt the Browns were a good fit "

When the trade was announced, there was some speculation that defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers would be the selection, but Taylor's name was called

"I was surprised he was dropping like that," Taylor said "I thought he would go by the 15th pick "

Taylor said stopping the run is his specialty

"I stuff the run and can give you a good pass rush, as well "

Taylor was not projected to be drafted as high as he was

"It's not up to the guys who rate the players, but the GM's who make the decisions that count "

Taylor (6-3 ½, 337) started his college career at Penn State and transferred to Baylor after the 2007 season He had 62 tackles in 2010 with two sacks He played in 22 of 25 games at Baylor He was All-American honorable mention and a Super Sleeper Team selection by the NFL Draft Report

Taylor was dismissed from Penn State after several unnamed off-the-field incidents in 2007 and 2008

"I was young and that's all behind me now "

Notes

Peyton in the Big Apple: Peyton Hillis was on hand in New York to announce the Browns draft choice of Taylor Hillis was in New York as part of his promotion for being on the cover for EA Sports Madden NFL 2012 He was also a guest on ‘Late Night with David Lettermen'


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