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Browns sign guard Trevon Tate as an UDFA

Four-year starter at Memphis projected to be a backup candidate.

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The Cleveland Browns signed guard Trevon Tate on Wednesday as an undrafted free agent.

Tate, who originally intended to sign with the Oakland Raiders, announced the deal via Twitter:

The 6-foot-2 and 293-pound Tate played four years at Memphis, spending his freshman season at right tackle before moving to left tackle as a sophomore. He would go on to make 39 starts at left tackle for the Tigers.

According to the draft guide from Dane Brugler at CBS Sports:

Despite past questions about his character, he was named a senior captain and was a critical piece of an offensive line that averaged 523.1 total yards per game in 2018. The Memphis offense utilizes a lot of motion and requires linemen to play on their feet, allowing Tate to show off his agile lower body and lateral quickness to slide with rushers. He uses natural leverage and body position to sustain, but he lacks ideal anchor strength and struggles to create torque as a finisher. Overall, Tate is a classic tackle-guard tweener, lacking the size/length for tackle and the brute power at guard, but he doesn’t labor in his movements and can handle zone blocking responsibilities, projecting as an NFL backup at guard.

While at Memphis, Tate was part of an offensive line that blocked for three 1,000-yard rushers, a pair of 1,000-yard receivers, and an offense that totaled 26,559 yards of offense and scored 264 touchdowns, according to a press release from the school’s athletic department.