The NFL Draft might be over, but the fun hasn't ended yet. The media, along with the players themselves, are about to start reporting on the undrafted free agents who teams are trying to sign. Listed below will be players who have been rumored to have been contacted and signed by the Browns. Also, use this as an open thread to discuss any players we sign, or who you want signed.
Last year, the Browns got WR Josh Cooper, CB Johnson Bademosi, and FS Tashaun Gipson among their initial undrafted free agents. Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft has a list of the top undrafted free agents who have signed around the league after the conclusion of the draft.
In his press conference Saturday night, Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team has agreed to contracts with 17 undrafted free agents, but that they had two more spots. We have the names of 22 players, which is above the amount Banner mentioned. We'll see how it compares to the actual list that will be released on Sunday.
List of Cleveland Browns Undrafted Free Agents (Reports May Contain Inaccuracies)
- QB Ryan Aplin - Arkansas State - 6-1, 202 lbs. (Source) Sobo says, "Interesting aspect of Aplin signing with Cleveland as UDFA to compete for 3rd QB spot...he ran a lot of zone read in college. Dual-threat quarterback."
- FB Garrett Hoskins - Eastern Michigan - 6-2, 254 lbs. (Source) Listed as a tight end in college, it looks like he could translate to a fullback in the NFL. He must have some ability to catch, though, because he caught 38 passes for 537 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2012.
- RB Jamaine Cooke - Youngstown State - 5-9, 205 lbs. (Source) When the Browns held a workout with 14 local players on April 12, Cooke was one of the players who participated. He grew up in Midpark, so he is a local kid.
- WR Perez Ashford - Northern Illinois - 5-10, 188 lbs. (Source) Ashford grew up in Shaker Heights and is one of the 14 local players who the team tried out. Football Outsides did a nice write-up on him being a guy who would go under-the-radar in the draft:
"I doubt he’s drafted, but his skills are more promising than half the receivers who will get picked. This highlight tape demonstrates a lot about Ashford’s game: Good footwork off the line, fast breaks on his routes, works back to the ball while maintaining route depth, and ability to give that little extra to say inside the boundary and gain extra yards."
- WR Dominique Croom - Central Arkansas - 6-1, 189 lbs. (Source) Gil Brandt of NFL.com had this assessment of Croom back at his Pro Day: "Croom ran the 40 in 4.55 and 4.52 seconds. He had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.87 seconds. He also performed nine lifts on the bench press. Croom has big, size-10 hands."
- WR Cordell Roberson - Stephen F. Austin - 6-4, 204 lbs. (Source) At the end of March, NFL.com's Gil Brandt said that Browns wide receivers coach Scott Turner attended Roberson's Pro Day. Brandt said, "Roberson — who is Stephen F. Austin’s all-time leading receiver — had a very good workout, and he’s a likely rookie free-agent pickup."
- WR Michael Edwards - UTEP - 5-11, 200 lbs. (Source) Edwards had 51 catches for 820 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2012.
- WR Keenan Davis - Iowa - 6-2, 218 lbs. (Source) Davis had 47 catches for 571 yards and 1 touchdown in 2012. NFL.com says he "presents an NFL build with good height and overall strength" but "possesses only average straight-line speed and hands."
- OT Aaron Adams - Eastern Kentucky - 6-5, 305 lbs. (Source) Draft Insider said he was a two-year starter at right tackle. Their analysis says, "Adams was a consistent college lineman who showed big improvement the past two seasons. He plays smart football and offers potential as an inexpensive backup for several offensive line positions."
- OT Chris Faulk - LSU - 6-6, 331 lbs. (Source) Sobo says, "If he was fully healthy this year, he is probably a mid-round pick. Entered draft a year early." (Inside gag: mooncamping had him ranked No. 17 overall on his big board, so maybe he's on to something after all!)
- OT Martin Wallace - Temple - 6-6, 306 lbs. (Source) Wallace started 11 games at right tackle in 2012. Here is an article that talks about Wallace's background and personality.
- OG Caylin Hauptmann - FIU - 6-3, 298 lbs. (Source) NFL.com's scouting profile of him says, "Hauptmann isn’t as tall as most scouts prefer in an offensive tackle prospect, but the strength and agility he’s shown as a blind-side starter for the Panthers gives him a chance to make it at the next level."
- C Braxston Cave - Notre Dame - 6-3, 303 lbs. (Source) Bang. Cave was projected by CBS Sports to be a 5th- or 6th-round pick, and was deemed as the 5th-best center in the draft. He projects as a backup, though, per the review: "[Cave is] tough and strong at the POA, but not as effective in space and isn’t the most graceful mover, ending up on the ground too much…solid in just about every area, but leaves you wanting more, especially with his demeanor…has position versatility at OC or OG, but will struggle to ever win a starting NFL job."
- TE Travis Tannahill - Kansas State - 6-3, 245 lbs. (Source) Playing with QB Collin Klein, Tannahill caught 23 passes for 284 yards and 1 touchdown in 2012. This article gives Tannahill very high praise, saying that he was asked to block in sophisticated schemes at Kansas State, but is capable of catching the ball very well.
Per the article, "That’s where Tannahill becomes a complete player, known more for his blocking skills than his pass-catching ability. Put the two together and you have the 2012 All-Big 12 tight end."
- DT David Kruger - Utah - 6-5, 300 lbs. (Source) Let the brothers unite! David is the brother of outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who was the Browns' big free agent signing this offseason. David had 30 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery in 2012. Another brother, Joe Kruger, was taken by the Eagles in the seventh round.
Per Desert News, "Kruger played as a defensive tackle, and his younger brother Joe played as a defensive end. Among his most memorable games in 2012 was the rivalry game vs. BYU. In that game, Kruger tallied five tackles and assisted on a sack, his only of the year.
- DE Paipai Falemalu - Hawaii - (Source) Falemalu had 56 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries in 2012. He was born in Honolulu, so I wonder if our Mike Krupka can give us anything on him?
- DE Justin Staples - Illinois - 6-3, 242 lbs. (Source) Staples is another local product, having grown up in Lakewood, OH and went to St. Edward. He had 20 tackles and 0.5 sack in 2012.
- ILB Mike Niam - Wofford - 6-2, 230 lbs. (Source) Although he didn't attend the Browns' local workout of 14 players, he is a local player, having grown up in Hudson. Niam was one of the players to do a regional combine, which is where he may have gotten recognized. He finished with 49 tackles and one sack in 2012 "despite facing double- and triple-teams." Here is another interview with him.
- CB Josh Aubrey - Stephan F Austin - 5-11, 199 lbs. (Source) I have never heard of Stephan F Austin, but the Browns picked up two players from there. NFL Draft Zone calls Aubrey a "very aggressive and physical corner," and when asked to compare himself to an NFL player, Aubrey responded, "Darrelle Revis, because he is a physical corner who plays a lot of man coverage." Well, he's certainly ambitious. He also said if he could meet one person, dead or alive, it would be Ray Lewis.
- SS Ricky Tunstall - Deleware - 5-11, 196 lbs. (Source) He had 60 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 interceptions (2 of which were returned for touchdowns) in 2012. I couldn't really find much else on him.
- SS Ryan McWethy - Wisconsin-Platteville - 6-2, 226 lbs. (Source) McWethy registered 84 tackles and 2 interceptions in 2012. He isn't a very well-known player, but reportedly had a good workout at his Pro Day: "The former UW-Platteville defensive back turned in an impressive performance amid a host of Badgers. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and graded out strong in other areas." He also had 31 bench press reps of 225 lbs, which would have placed first among safeties at the NFL Combine, per a report.
- SS Kenronte Walker - Missouri - 6-0, 208 lbs. (Source) Walker had 68 tackles and 1 interception in 2012.