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Browns are finally making final payment to Texans in Watson trade | Jeff Schudel

Apr. 6—Anyone who has experienced the joy of making the final payment on an auto loan while the car is still drivable can probably relate to how Andrew Berry might feel at the end of the 2024 NFL draft.

The Houston Texans own the Browns' first-round pick (23rd overall) and fourth-round pick (123 overall) in this year's draft. They are the final payments Berry will make on the trade the Browns made with the Texans to acquire quarterback Deshaun Watson in March 2022. The Browns acquired Houston's 2024 sixth-round pick in addition to Watson in the deal. And since he is under contract for three more years, the Browns will get to "drive" Watson without making any additional payments to the Texans.

The Browns still haven't been able to fully evaluate the trade because Watson has yet to play an entire season in Cleveland. The NFL suspended him 11 games in 2022 for violating the league's personal conduct policy when more than two dozen massage therapists accused Watson of sexual misconduct. He missed 11 games in 2023 with shoulder injuries.

The 2024 sixth-round pick acquired from the Texans (202 overall) was used as partial payment in the trade with the Broncos for wide receiver Jerry Jeudy last month. The Browns also sent Denver their fifth-round pick (136 overall) in the Jeudy trade.

The Texans flipped the 23rd pick in the draft (the one acquired from the Browns in the Watson trade), along with a 2024 seventh-round pick in a trade with the Vikings for a second-round pick this year (42 overall) and a second-round pick next year.

So just to review, the Browns sent the Texans their first-round pick in 2022, 2023 and 2024, a 2022 fourth-round pick, a 2023 third-rounder and the fourth-round pick this year.

—The Browns' first pick in 2024 is in the second round — 54th overall — which means they will be interested bystanders on the first day of the draft (April 26) unless they do something to trade back into the first round.

This is the fifth year for Berry running the Browns' draft. He made only two second-round picks in his previous drafts, taking safety Grant Delpit in 2020 and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in 2021.

Berry traded his 2022 second-round pick (44 overall) to the Texans for picks 68, 108 and 124 in the 2022 draft. Those picks turned into cornerback Martin Emerson (68), defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey (108) and kicker Cade York (124). The Texans used the 44th pick on wide receiver John Metchie.

Berry traded his 2023 second-round pick (42 overall) to the Jets for wide receiver Elijah Moore and a third-round pick (74 overall). The Jets traded pick 42 to the Packers. The Browns used pick 74 on wide receiver Cedric Tillman.

Getting Tillman and Moore seems like a good use of a second-round pick by Berry. The Browns have a history of hits and misses in the second round going back to the 1999 expansion year.

1999: linebacker Rahim Abdullah (miss), wide receiver Kevin Johnson (hit); 2000: wide receiver Dennis Northcutt (hit); 2001: wide receiver Quincy Morgan (miss); 2002: wide receiver Andre Davis (miss); 2003: linebacker Chaun Thompson (total whiff); 2004: defensive back Sean Jones (hit); 2005: cornerback Brodney Pool (hit); 2006: linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (bull's-eye) 2007: defensive back Eric Wright (hit); 2008: no second-round pick.

2009: wide receiver Brian Robiskie (miss), wide receiver Mohammed Massaquoi (hit), linebacker David Veikune (total whiff); 2010: running back Montario Hardesty (miss), safety T.J. Ward (hit); 2011: wide receiver Greg Little (miss), linebacker Jabaal Sheard (hit); 2012: offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (hit); 2013: no second-round pick; 2014: guard Joel Bitonio (bullseye); 2015: defensive end Nate Orchard (miss); 2016: defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (hit); 2017: quarterback DeShone Kizer (a Hall of Fame whiff); 2018: Offensive lineman Austin Corbett (miss), running back Nick Chubb: (double bull's-eye); 2019: cornerback Greedy Williams (miss); 2020: safety Grant Delpit (hit); 2021: linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah (hit).

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