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Cleveland Browns will have No. 26 pick in 2021 NFL Draft

Following their season-ending loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Browns now know they'll lay claim to the No. 26 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Jan. 17, 2021.

This April, Cleveland will play host to the 2021 NFL Draft.

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But when it comes to the hometown team's first-round selection, the Cleveland Browns will have to wait longer than usual for its turn.

With the draft order for playoff teams determined by order of elimination, the Browns entered Sunday unsure of where they'd be picking this spring. But following Cleveland's 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC divisional round, the Browns now know that they'll possess the No. 26 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

If that number seems late, that's because it's the lowest first-round pick that Cleveland has entered a draft laying claim to since 1995, when it also possessed the No. 26 pick, which it traded to the Atlanta Falcons. From 2009-2020, the Browns entered the draft with 10 top-10 picks as the result of their year-end records.

The current order for the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft -- with the final four picks to still be determined -- is as follows:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans)
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Philadelphia Eagles
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Carolina Panthers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. San Francisco 49ers
  13. Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. New England Patriots
  16. Arizona Cardinals
  17. Las Vegas Raiders
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Washington Football Team
  20. Chicago Bears
  21. Indianapolis Colts
  22. Tennessee Titans
  23. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. New Orleans Saints

As for the status of the 2021 NFL Draft, which is scheduled to take place from April 29-May 1, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President and CEO David Gilbert told 3News in October that Cleveland is still planning to host the event amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

"Right now it's full steam ahead planning for a large live event in Cleveland. It's being promoted nationally," Gilbert said. "It's not going to be elbow to elbow, certainly, the way it was in Nashville."


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