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2011 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Execute Trade To Select DT Phil Taylor

The Cleveland Browns are wheeling and dealing in the 2011 NFl Draft.  After acquiring five draft picks in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons to move down from #6 to #27, the Browns made another deal, this time with the Kansas City Chiefs, to move up six spots to #21.  Their target, defensive tackle Phil Taylor from Baylor.  Taylor is a mountain of a man - Taylor goes 6-4, 340 - who has risen on draft boards throughout the NFL since the Senior Bowl in February.

There are some character concerns, however.  Taylor began his college career at Penn State before running into trouble after his involvement in a fight at a frat party.  Taylor was dismissed from the Nittany Lions and landed at Baylor where he blossomed as a college football player.

With the pick being announced by Madden '12 coverboy Peyton Hillis, Taylor will fit right in on a defense that needed a replacement for Shaun Rogers on the interior of the defensive line.

Details of the trade are below:


21st Overall Pick


27th Overall Pick

3rd Round Pick(70)

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