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Undrafted free-agent list (courtesy of NFL.com):
Eastern Kentucky OT Aaron Adams; Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin; Northern Illinois WR Perez Ashford; Stephan F Austin CB Josh Aubrey; Notre Dame C Braxston Cave; Youngstown State RB Jamaine Cook; Central Arkansas WR Dominique Croom; Iowa WR Keenan Davis; UTEP WR Michael Edwards; Hawaii DE Paipai Falemalu; LSU OT Chris Faulk; Florida International OG Caylin Hauptmann; Eastern Michigan FB Garrett Hoskins; Utah DT Dave Kruger; Wisconsin-Platteville SS Ryan McWethy; Stephen F. Austin WR Cordell Roberson; Illinois DE Justin Staples; Kansas State TE Travis Tannahill; Delaware SS Ricky Tunstall; Temple OT Martin Wallace; Stony Brook RB Miguel Maysonet
Analysis: The Cleveland Browns have had a fair amount of success with undrafted free agents making an impact for the team, and this year's crop is headed by a couple of offensive linemen who could end up being huge steals.
LSU's Chris Faulk entered the 2012 season with the hopes of cementing his status as a first-round pick, but a knee injury ended his year almost before it began. Surprisingly, Faulk chose not to return to LSU, instead declaring for the 2013 NFL draft.
Perhaps even more surprisingly, Faulk wasn't drafted. Sure, the knee is a concern, but with entrenched starters in Joe Thomas and Mitchell Schwartz, the Browns will be in no rush to get Faulk on the field. Once healthy, having a lineman with his talent level as a third tackle is nearly unheard of in the NFL.
Similarly, the Browns have their starting center in Alex Mack, but with Mack heading into a contract year, the acquisition of Notre Dame's Braxston Cave could prove to have been very wise.
The 6'3", 303-pound Cave was named a third-team All-American after starting all 13 games for the Fighting Irish in 2013, and he's a player that NFL.com labeled a "Tough-as-nails center with good overall strength and the intelligence to lead an NFL line."
There's no such thing as too much depth up front in the NFL. Not only does that duo stand a good chance of making the team, but they could also end up making significant contributions for the Browns relatively quickly.