Berea— The Cleveland Browns have come to terms on contracts with two more of their 2018 NFL draft selections as DE Chad Thomas and WR Antonio Callaway have signed their rookie deals.
The team now has six of their nine draft picks under contract.
Thomas, a defensive lineman from Miami (FL), was the Browns third round pick (67 overall). He started 33 games at the U where he totaled 103 tackles, 11 sacks, and two forced fumbles in his career.
Callaway, a talented yet troubled pass catcher from Florida, was the Browns fourth round selection (105 overall). When he was on the field he showed big time playmaking ability. During his college career he caught 89 passes for just under 1400 yards and scored seven touchdowns.
The remaining unsigned players for the Browns draft class are first round picks Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward, as well as second round running back Nick Chubb.
The Cleveland Browns have traded CB Jamar Taylor to the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round draft pick.
Taylor, a 2013 second-round choice by the Miami Dolphins, was acquired by Cleveland in a trade that saw them deal the 223rd selection in the 2016 NFL Draft for Taylor and the 250th pick.
With the addition of the 5-foot-11, 192 pound Taylor, the Cardinals instantly gain an experienced corner to a roster in need of just that. He will likely battle to start across from perennial All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson.
Taylor, 27, started 29 games for the Browns over the last two seasons , tallying three interceptions.
With the off-season signings of cornerbacks EJ Gaines, Terrance Mitchell, and TJ Carrie, and the selection of Denzel Ward with the fourth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Taylor was likely the odd man out and probably would not have made the Browns final roster out of training camp.
This is the third trade made by new GM John Dorsey that saw him get value in return for a player that would have likely been cut before the season when you factor in the trades of quarterbacks Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler to Washington and Jacksonville respectively.
The Cleveland Browns have signed LB Genard Avery.
Avery, a fifth-round pick out of Memphis, played in 50 career games, starting 34 of them. The 150th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft recorded 232 career tackles with 45.5 of them for a loss.
He is expected to be an immediate contributor on special teams and could work his way to a regular member of the Browns defense as well.
The Browns have now signed four of their 2018 draft picks, as Avery joins OT Austin Corbett (second round), WR Damion Ratley (sixth round), and CB Simeon Thomas (sixth round) as picks under contract.
The Cleveland Browns have announced the signings of 13 undrafted free agents.
The list includes three wide outs, three offensive lineman, three defensive backs, two defensive lineman, a running back, as well as a punter.
The 13 rookies will join the rest of the teams rookies from the 2018 NFL Draft at rookie mini camp which runs from May 4-6.
The list of undrafted free agents can be found below.
St. Paul, Minn.
San Jose State
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Baton Rouge, La.
Nuuuli, American Samoa
Muskegon Heights, Mich.
San Bernadino, Calif.
DALLAS— With the fourth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward.
Ward, a native of Macedonia, Ohio recorded 37 tackles and two interceptions for the Buckeyes in 2017. Seen by many as the top press corner in this years draft, Ward will be an instant starter in the Browns revamped secondary.
At 5’10” and 185 pounds, Ward ran a 4.32 yard 40-yard dash at this years combine. Ward is physical, athletic, and is excellent at not allowing receivers to get separation in routes.
On a team that has not had a shutdown corner since Joe Haden was healthy a few years ago, Ward will be a welcome addition.
DALLAS— With the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns have selected Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The 6’1″ 215 pound Mayfield, who went from walk on to Heisman trophy winner during his time in Norman, is the most accurate quarterback in this draft class. He completed 70.6% of his passes in his senior season while throwing for 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also set the NCAA single season passing efficiency rating with a 198.90 mark while leading the Sooners to the Rose Bowl.
Outside of all of the stats, Mayfield excels as a leader on the field and lifts the play of those around him and that is exactly what GM John Dorsey hopes that he will do as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Other than his size, the downside to Mayfield is that some question his maturity and attitude. He was arrested on February 25, 2017 and was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. However, for Dorsey and the Browns to select him number one overall, they clearly can see past his old mistakes.
The Browns next selection is the fourth overall selection in the first round which they received from Houston in the Deshaun Watson trade during the 2017 NFL Draft.
*All rankings final and based upon at least three watched games as well as combine and pro days.
- Bradley Chubb, NC State
- Harold Landry, Boston College
- Marcus Davenport, UTSA
- Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
- Josh Sweat, Florida State
- Maurice Hurst, Michigan
- Vita Vea, Washington
- Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
- Taven Bryan, Florida
- Harrison Phillips, Stanford
- Roquan Smith, Georgia
- Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
- Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
- Rashaan Evans, Alabama
- Micah Kiser, Virginia
- Denzel Ward, Ohio State
- Jaire Alexander, Louisville
- Josh Jackson, Iowa
- Mike Hughes, UCF
- Carlton Davis, Auburn
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
- Derwin James, Florida State
- Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
- Jessie Bates II, Wake Forest
- Justin Reid, Stanford