The NFL Draft might be ending, 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 QB Connor Shaw, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Taylor Gabriel, and CB K'Waun Williams among their initial undrafted free agents. All four players were on the team last year, with three of them making very significant contributions. The Browns had 70 players on their roster heading into the draft, and they drafted 12 players. With 82 players total, the maximum they are allowed to have is 90 players. Therefore, the Browns will sign at least 8 players tonight, but will probably sign a few more and then waive some players on their roster that they no longer want.
List of Cleveland Browns Undrafted Free Agents (Reports May Contain Inaccuracies)
Note: Until the Browns do a press release in a few days, none of these are officially confirmed. Sometimes, players have handshake deals with teams, only to sign with another team. It is a crapshoot. Typically, I'd say that 9/10 reports are accurate, and 1/10 turn out false.
Refresh often, as we will be updating this thread as news comes out.
- FB Mark Weisman - Iowa - 5-11, 236 lbs. (Source) - According to Dane Bruglar last July, "Built like a fullback, he rarely wins with make-you-miss quickness, but he does have the balance, power, and no-nonsense run style that allows him to rack up positive yardage, leading the Hawkeyes with 975 rushing yards in 2013."
- FB De’Marieya Nelson - Arizona State - 6-2, 230 lbs. (Source)
- WR Kevonte Martin-Manley - Iowa - 5-11, 205 lbs. (Source) - Last July, CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar said the following: "He tends to struggle with consistency and needs to improve his routes and reliability finishing catches, but also adds value as a return man with a pair of punt returns for scores last year."
- WR Kyle Prater - Northwestern - 6-4, 225 lbs. (Source) - Our SB Nation affiliate as a full scouting report on Prater, who has battled through injury issues in his career. Here is a snippet: "In high school and college, extreme size can trump deficient speed but it can't in the NFL, which is why it would be a surprise if Prater is selected in this year's draft. His best chance to make a name for himself in the league though would be as a tight end/slot receiver hybrid. In fact, multiple NFL teams have told Prater that that is where they see him. If he could put on some weight to help handle the blocking duties of the position, he'd be a tough matchup for NFL linebackers over the middle of the field."
- WR Nick Jones - South Carolina - 5-7, 175 lbs. (Source)
- OT Darrian Miller - Kentucky - 6-4, 307 lbs. (Source) - He was rated as a 6th or 7th round pick by Dane Bruglar of CBS Sports. Here's what Bruglar said about him in his scouting report: "The Wildcats’ starting left tackle the past three seasons, Miller showed steady improvement over the years and stood out during East-West Shrine Game practices for his consistency in pass protection and promise as a run blocker. He doesn’t play with lateral explosion or lower body burst, limiting his range against speed rushers, although he works well in shorter areas with his flexible stance to stay square. Miller lacks the physical tools or consistent technique to be a reliable NFL starter at tackle and is a candidate to move inside to guard where he can work in small spaces – durable later round prospect."
- OT Tyler Loos - Northern Illinois - 6-4, 282 lbs. (Source) - Our SB Nation affiliate has a full biography up on Loos. Here is a snippet: "Tyler Loos has good size at 6 foot 5 inches and 302 pounds. He's never been a mauler, but more of a technique player. The question might be whether he has the foot quickness and strength to play tackle in the NFL. But with his health issues hopefully behind him, we may see Loos grow into a more physical player since he will be able to focus on other aspects of his strength other than rehabilitating his legs."
- C Elliot Porter - LSU - 6-3, 300 lbs. (Source) - Received a $5,000 signing bonus from the Browns. Once blocked for Bengals RB Jeremy Hill. CBS Sports says, "Smart player who makes all the calls and checks on offensive line ... Good technician who is equally as good in the running game or pass blocking."
- DT Dylan Wynn - Oregon State - 6-2, 283 lbs. (Source) - At his Pro Day, Wynn reportedly "put up a very impressive 43 reps on the bench press and was worked out at fullback as well." In Dane Bruglar's draft guide, he weighted 260 pounds, but reportedly weighed in at 283 pounds at his Pro Day in an effort to bulk up.
- ILB V.J. Fehoko - Texas Tech - 5-11, 220 lbs. (Source) - Per an interview on Draft Diamonds, he would "compare himself to former NFL linebacker Gary Brackett due to size and playing style." His favorite team was also the Ravens, and LB Ray Lewis being his favorite player. Time to convert him! He supposedly comes from a poor family and worked his way up to where he's at today.
- CB Travis Lee - Miles College - 5-11, 172 lbs. (Source) - Finished his senior season with 6 interceptions. In an interview with New Era Scouting last December, Lee described his mentality as a cornerback:
"I like to use the word 'bait.' I like to bait the quarterback. I like to play possum with them. I like to make them think that I’m playing a different coverage, to disguise my coverage. They know that I’m more of a physical corner. I’d rather be physical. I’d rather get my hands on a receiver and disrupt his timing with his quarterback. I’ll walk down sometimes in cover three making it seem like I’m in man or I’m up in press and I’ll bail just trying to mess with the quarterback. I like to think of it like Tom and Jerry. You can never catch the mouse, but you always know where the mouse is. I like to use my knowledge to bait the quarterback.
- CB De'Ante Saunders - Tennessee State - 5-8, 185 lbs. (Source) - From last July, per NFL.com: "Saunders was a two-year starter at safety at Florida before he was kicked off the team late in the 2012 season. He had four interceptions, 39 tackles and nine pass breakups for Tennessee State last season as a cornerback, but his best pro position might be safety. Saunders -- who started as a true freshman at Florida -- lacks elite speed, but he has great instincts, is active in run support and can lay the lumber. Saunders has NFL talent, but red flags are flying with regard to his character."
- CB Kenneth Penny - UNLV - 5-10, 186 lbs. (Source) - Not much is known about him.
- CB Eric Patterson - Ball State - 5-10, 193 lbs. (Source) - According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Patterson had a good workout at his Pro Day: "Cornerback Eric Patterson (5-9 1/4, 197) ran the 40 in 4.5 and 4.53 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.01 seconds. He performed 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Patterson had a good pro day workout, which might have earned him priority free-agent status following the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft."
- S Cassius Sendish - Kansas - 5-11, 195 lbs. (Source)
Players Reportedly Invited to a Tryout at Minicamp
- RB Braylon Heard - Kentucky - 5-9, 198 lbs. (Source)
- TE Kevin Haplea - Florida State - 6-3, 246 lbs. (Source)
- C Steven Gurrola - Arizona - 6-1, 291 lbs. (Source)
- C Trevor Sales - Buffalo - 6-1, 327 lbs. (Source)
- OL Joe Kaleta - Coastal Carolina - 6-6, 315 lbs. (Source)
- DE/OLB Michael Reilly - William & Mary - 6-4, 265 lbs. (Source)
- CB Gareef Glashen - Rutgers - 5-9, 180 lbs. (Source)
- S Landon Feichter - Purdue - 6-0, 192 lbs. (Source)
- S Lorenzo Waters - Rutgers - 5-11, 205 lbs. (Source)
- K Marvin Kloss - South Florida - 5-11, 193 lbs. (Source)
A Note About How Much Bonus Money Teams Can Use
Max amount of signing bonus teams can use on undrafted free agents is $86,957.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 2, 2015