On Friday, the Cleveland Browns announced they have claimed DL Marcell Frazier off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.
Frazier (6-5, 260 lbs) is a rookie from Missouri who originally signed with Seattle. He was graded as the 22nd-best edge rusher by Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout, and projected to be a fifth-round draft pick. Here is what Brugler had to say about him prior to the draft:
A two-year starter at Missouri, Frazier lined up as the starting left defensive end as a senior in the Tigers’ four-man front, taking the baton from Charles Harris as the team’s top pass rusher. He took a winding road and overcame several roadblocks to arrive on the NFL’s doorstep, stepping out of Harris’ shadow in 2017 and leading the SEC with 15.5 tackles for loss. Frazier has the look of a NFL defensive end, staying balanced and displaying enough juice to work his shoulder past the outside shoulder of blockers. He struggles to counter and stays blocked too long, which also hurts his effectiveness in the run game. Overall, Frazier flashes the upfield quickness and body control to hunt quarterbacks, projecting as a depth defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
To make room for Frazier on the roster, the team waived LB Austin Calitro, who spent 13 weeks on the team’s practice squad in 2017.