Cleveland Browns Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings
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Let's take a look at each Browns undrafted free-agent signing and how they will fit. As new signings are announced, they'll be updated here, as well.
RB Jamaine Cook, Youngstown State
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Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Cleveland Browns have signed Youngstown State undrafted free-agent running back Jamaine Cook.
Cook isn't the fastest, but he can put up yards—4,052 in his four seasons, three as a starter. He had 1,279 yards on 279 carries in 2012, along with 15 rushing touchdowns.
The local prospect will have to prove he wasn't just effective against smaller schools. If he can also contribute on special teams, Cook has a chance to make the Browns' final roster.
DT Dave Kruger, Utah
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The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich reports the Browns have signed free-agent rookie defensive tackle Dave Kruger of Utah. Kruger is the brother of Paul, the Browns' current starting outside linebacker.
Kruger the younger had 30 combined tackles in 2012 and just half a sack, but he's incredibly strong and a very good run-stopper. Stopping the run is a major Browns priority; his skill in this area combined with his brother already on the roster makes this signing sensible.
TE Travis Tannahill, Kansas State
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The News-Herald's Jeff Schudel reports that the Browns have signed free-agent Kansas State rookie tight end Travis Tannahill.
Tannahill is mainly a blocking tight end—he had just 23 catches in 2012, for 284 yards and one touchdown. That's what the Browns need, however, so there's a chance he could stick on the roster in 2013.
OL Aaron Adams, Eastern Kentucky
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The Cleveland Browns have confirmed the signing of undrafted rookie free agent offensive lineman Aaron Adams from Eastern Kentucky.
Adams was a starting right tackle at Eastern Kentucky, but his lack of NFL-prototypical size at the position will push him to guard for the Browns, albeit one with the versatility to play tackle in a pinch. Adams is a good blocker with solid technique, but he could use help with his footwork.
WR Perez Ashford, Northern Illinois
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The Cleveland Browns have confirmed the signing of undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Perez Ashford from Northern Illinois.
In 2012, Ashford had 34 receptions for 373 yards and a touchdown. Though lacking in size and explosive speed, Perez makes up for it by being reliable, finding his way to the football even in double coverage, running routes well and being an effective blocker. This is a receiver who could develop into something special in Cleveland.
CB Josh Aubrey, Stephen F. Austin
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The Cleveland Browns have confirmed the signing of undrafted free agent rookie cornerback Josh Aubrey from Stephen F. Austin.
Aubrey had 65 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups in 2012. He's physical but has issues with speed—both his burst and when closing in on receivers or running backs. He could play special teams with the Browns, raising his chances of an active roster or practice squad spot.
C Braxston Cave, Notre Dame
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The Cleveland Browns have confirmed the signing of free agent undrafted rookie center Braxston Cave from Notre Dame.
Cave is good at using leverage and plays center like an NFL-ready prospect should. His lack of athleticism makes him a true center—he's not suited to switch to guard—which is likely why he went undrafted this year.
WR Dominique Croom, Central Arkansas
The Cleveland Browns have confirmed the signing of undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Dominique Croom from Central Arkansas.
Croom had 53 receptions for 711 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012 and ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash at his pro day. Of note about Croom is his large, size 10 hands. He'd likely be a possession receiver in the NFL.