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Browns signed Iowa State TE E.J. Bibbs.

Bibbs (6'2/258) caught 84 balls for 844 yards (10.0 YPR) and ten TDs in two seasons at Iowa State after transferring from JUCO. He earned first-team All-Big 12 from the conference's coaches as a senior. After undergoing a post-season knee cleanup, Bibbs managed a 4.86 forty, 9-foot-2 broad jump, and 31 1/2-inch vertical at the Cyclones' Pro Day. A squatty, short-armed tight end who will be 24 years old as a rookie, Bibbs would do well to hang on as an NFL backup.
May 3 - 10:32 AM

Browns selected Oregon DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with the No. 241 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Ekpre-Olomu (5'9/192) was widely viewed as a first-round cornerback prospect before tearing his ACL last December. Many draft analysts now project him to safety. "IEO" finished his four-year college career with a ballhawking nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles. A rugged tackler with quick feet and a highly competitive playing mentality, Ekpre-Olomu's best NFL fit may be as a slot corner-slash-free safety in the Tyrann Mathieu mold. He may open his career on the reserve/PUP list, but projects as a future plus starter.
May 2 - 6:02 PM

Browns selected USC ILB Hayes Pullard with the No. 219 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Pullard (6'1/240) was a four-year starter at inside linebacker for the Trojans, piling up 25 career TFLs and three interceptions. He was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 pick as a senior. Just a guy as an athlete, Pullard ran 4.78 in Indianapolis with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Not a playmaker in college, Pullard is a stay-at-home inside 'backer with no better than competent ability. He's unlikely to grow into an NFL starter.
May 2 - 5:12 PM

Browns selected USC TE Randall Telfer with the No. 198 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Telfer (6'4/250) made 34 starts for the Trojans, amassing 648 yards and 12 TDs on 65 career catches (10.0 YPR). Rumored to be out of shape during the pre-draft process, Telfer didn't hold a workout coming off a late-season Lisfranc injury. A short-area receiving option only, Telfer's calling card is his physical run-blocking ability. He should carve out an NFL career as a reserve in-line tight end and could add to his value by developing lead-blocking skills.
May 2 - 4:18 PM

Browns selected Mississippi State TE Malcolm Johnson with the No. 195 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Johnson (6'1/231) is a bit of a tweener; he'll probably be an H-back-type in the pros after spending time at receiver and tight end with the Bulldogs. He has a good set of hands, but isn't an explosive athlete. Johnson could see snaps all over the offensive formation down the road if he continues to refine his game.
May 2 - 4:12 PM

Browns selected Louisville CB Charles Gaines with the No. 189 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Gaines (5'10/180) converted from wideout to corner between his freshman and sophomore years, immediately becoming a starter and intercepting seven passes in two seasons before turning pro as a redshirt junior. He clocked 4.44 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump at the Combine. Although Gaines was an excellent man-cover corner in college, his slim body type is a concern and he is a matador in run defense. Gaines' lack of physicality hurts his chances of playing in the slot, and his lean frame makes him a suspect fit outside. He could have a hard time carving out a roster spot in a crowded Browns secondary.
May 2 - 4:01 PM

Browns selected Washington State WR Vince Mayle with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mayle (6'2/224) played hoops in community college from 2009-2010 before transferring to Wazzu for his junior and senior years. In just two seasons, Mayle piled up 148 catches for 2,022 yards (13.7 YPR) and 16 TDs. Mayle isn't a particularly good athlete despite his basketball background, running 4.67 at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did most of his college receiving damage on bubble screens and dropped a whopping 13 passes as a senior. Mayle is a tight end/H-back/slot receiver hybrid.
May 2 - 1:13 PM

Browns selected Northwestern S Ibraheim Campbell with the No. 115 overall in the 2015 NFL draft.

Campbell (5'11/208) made 45 college starts, finishing his career with 11 interceptions and six forced fumbles. He was selected second-team All-Big Ten as a senior by the conference's coaches. Campbell ran 4.54/4.56 at the Wildcats' Pro Day, adding a 33-inch vertical with 23 reps on the bench. A tone-setting box safety, Campbell could become an IDP factor if he develops into a starter, which is a distinct possibility based on his college profile. At worst, Campbell should contribute on special teams.
May 2 - 12:51 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer compared No. 77 overall pick Duke Johnson to Gio Bernard and Brian Westbrook.

Bernard is a change-of-pace/passing-down back. Westbrook had similar skills, but was a feature back in a pass-based offense. With Josh McCown at the helm, Cleveland won't run a pass-based offense. Farmer's vision for Johnson appears to be as a complementary runner who mixes into the passing game. Isaiah Crowell remains the favorite for lead-back duties on the Browns.
May 1 - 11:23 PM

Browns selected Washington State DT Xavier Cooper with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Cooper (6'3/293) made 34 starts for the Cougars, amassing 31.5 TFLs, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He displayed plus athleticism for his size in Indianapolis, running 4.86 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump and 7.23 three-cone time. Cooper has short arms (31 1/2") and isn't much of a run defender, but he is a quick-footed inside rusher with aggressive hand use. Cooper projects as a three-technique penetrator and should push for snaps right away on passing downs.
May 1 - 11:11 PM

Browns selected Miami RB Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Browns seemed to rotate Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West last year after Ben Tate failed as a free agent signing, so adding another running back makes sense. Johnson (5'9/207) was the Hurricanes' lead back for most of his three college seasons, parlaying 526 career carries into 3,519 yards (6.69 YPC) and 26 TDs. Arguably the premier receiving back in the 2015 class, Johnson added 69 receptions with four more scores. Johnson ran 4.54 at the Combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Although his measurables are average, Johnson has deceptive tackle-breaking ability for his size. He's slippery between the tackles, laterally explosive, consistently finishes runs, and has three-down tools. Unfortunately, Cleveland is a bad spot for Johnson's fantasy value. He's likely to fall into a rotation with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell on a team that will struggle to move the ball.
May 1 - 10:22 PM

Browns selected Utah OLB Nate Orchard with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Orchard (6'3/250) made 36 starts for the Utes, compiling 25 sacks, 38.5 TFLs, and eight forced fumbles. He won the 2014 Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end, getting two of his senior-year sacks against decorated Stanford LT Andrus Peat. Orchard showed average athleticism in Indy, however, running 4.80 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. A high number of Orchard's college sacks came on inside moves -- not necessarily translatable to the NFL -- and Orchard's play strength is lacking. A finesse rusher, Orchard has been compared to ex-Bills bust Aaron Maybin by SI's Doug Farrar. Orchard is basically the opposite of Barkevious Mingo, in that he wins with hand use and technique, not athleticism.
May 1 - 8:47 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick considers Miami RB Duke Johnson a perfect fit as DeMarco Murray's replacement in Dallas.

Riddick's opinion carries significantly more weight because he was formerly a pro scout with the Redskins and director of pro personnel for the Eagles. The Dallas running back situation is one we're watching very closely, as perhaps no vacancy has more fantasy opportunity. We'll see if Jerry Jones shares Riddick's opinion that the 5'9/206 Johnson is feature back material.
May 1 - 2:57 PM

Browns C Alex Mack can void his contract after this season.

Mack is fully expected to do so, hitting the market as arguably the NFL's premier center at age 30. Mack's ability to get free from his deal further helps explain the Browns' first-round selection of G/T/C Cameron Erving.
May 1 - 2:37 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer said there's a possibility No. 12 overall pick Danny Shelton will "play all three downs."

The Browns see Shelton as more than just an early-down run-stopper. Shelton did a little bit of everything last year at Washington, contributing nine sacks and earning first-team All-American accolades. The Browns will hope Shelton is more Haloti Ngata than Dan Williams.
May 1 - 12:04 AM


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