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2011 NFL Draft Results: Cleveland Browns Trade With Kansas City Chiefs, Select Baylor's Phil Taylor

The Cleveland Browns continue to have what looks like a pretty great draft. After exploiting the Atlanta Falcons' love affair with Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and acquiring a bevy of picks for their #6 selection, they traded back up to #21 in a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs - who were probably hoping Florida center Mike Pouncey would fall to them - selecting Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor.

Give the Browns some credit. They've adeptly maneuvered up and down the draft board, maximizing their value and aggressively targeting a player they obviously coveted. Taylor is perhaps the only true 3-4 nose tackle in this draft class, suggesting a schematic change is in the cards for Cleveland's defense.

There was speculation that Taylor, a talented beast in the trenches, would fall out of the second round due to character issues. He played for Penn State but got kicked off of the squad for getting into a bar fight and subsequently transferring to Baylor. (Sidenote: Who the hell would pick a fight with a 6-3, 334-pound dude is beyond me.)

Just a few more selections until the Pittsburgh Steelers pick at #31... 

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