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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Browns’ draft pick was on toilet when team called to say they were taking him

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It’s probably safe to say that linebacker Sione Takitaki wasn’t expecting to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Takitaki, who was selected by the Browns in the third round with the No. 80 overall pick Friday, had quite an interesting story to tell about how he found out that he was headed to Ohio. Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald reported that Takitaki chose to take a bathroom break when Cleveland was on the clock with the pick since he had not spoken with anyone from the team since the NFL Combine two months ago. Lo and behold, the Browns took the BYU product, and the call came while Takitaki was sitting on the toilet.

The 22-year-old Takitaki recorded 119 total tackles and 4.0 sacks as a senior last year and should be an impact addition to a quickly improving Browns D.

We did see something similar happen with this Panthers draftee back in 2016. As for Takitaki however and particularly what number he might wear in Cleveland, it appears that the No. 2 jersey is still available.

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