Cleveland Browns: Is Owen Marecic Ready To Replace Lawrence Vickers in 2011?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJuly 3, 2011

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Fullback Owen Marecic #48 of the Stanford Cardinal looks over to the bench for a play call in the fourth quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-31. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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When the Browns selected Owen Marecic in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, it became apparent that Cleveland was willing to part ways with Lawrence Vickers this summer. Vickers has been a member of the Browns organization for six seasons and has paved the way for Jamal Lewis, Peyton Hillis and some of the other key Cleveland rushers since 2005. However, 2011 will likely be Marecic's turn to pave the way for Hillis and show the world his abilities on the NFL stage.

Marecic was a two-way player for the Stanford Cardinal as he split time as the starting middle linebacker and fullback for the 2010-11 season. As many experts predicted, NFL teams did not see the 6'1" Marecic as an NFL linebacker despite him winning the 2010 Paul Hornung Award for the nation's most versatile player.

The Browns selected Marecic with the 124th overall pick and were immediately impressed with his work ethic and approach to the game. As much of the game film from his college career indicates, Marecic is a hard worker on the field as well as a well-rounded individual off of it.

Marecic has missed both of the Browns' "Camp Colt" workouts this summer as he was busy finishing his college degree at Stanford. However, Marecic is expected to be in attendance at the next session scheduled for some time in July.

In his final season at Stanford, Marecic had a limited amount of carries, but managed to score five rushing touchdowns and compile 39 yards on the ground. Marecic also returned one interception for a score.

Vickers has not scored a rushing touchdown in his entire NFL career to date.