2010 NFL Combine: Cleveland Browns Show Interest in Drafting Dexter McCluster

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 02:  Dexter McCluster #22 of the Mississippi Rebels runs the ball against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 2, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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According to reports by the Scout.com NFL Combine Team, Ole Miss running back/wide receiver Dexter McCluster was surrounded by many teams, but the Cleveland Browns were one of three that seemed more interested in the athlete when he was at the podium in Indianapolis.

The two other teams showing as much interest in McCluster as the Browns were the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers.

McCluster broke onto the seen in the last half of the 2009 college football season and ended up being the first player in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards and have over 500 yards receiving in the same season.

Small for a running back since his official weigh-in was 5'7" and 172 pounds, McCluster's speed is what many will be looking at since he will most likely have one of the fastest times in the 40-yard dash, nearing the 4.3-second mark.

This is an interesting scenario for the Browns, since they now have their new starter in Jerome Harrison, who himself is smaller for a running back at 5'9" and 205 pounds.

They also have James Davis, who showed promise in the preseason last year during his rookie season but got hurt early and missed the rest of the 2009 season.

Davis is bigger than Harrison, at 5'11" and 220 pounds, but still unproven.

McCluster will be running drills with both the running backs and wide receivers on Sunday, but where he would fit into the Browns' plans is a mystery, especially since they already have a very dangerous weapon in Josh Cribbs.

With an offense that lacked talent in 2009, the more talent the merrier at this point in the rebuilding stage of the team.

McCluster is currently projected as a third-round pick, which the Browns do have two of, at Nos. 72 and 93.

(Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the NFL Scouting Combine for Bleacher Report via NFL Network.)


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