After the 2018 NFL Draft was finished, the Cleveland Browns got busy signing free agents who didn’t hear their names called during the seven round draft.
As the list stands as of this writing, the Browns have signed 13 undrafted free agents and have another seven players coming to rookie minicamp on a tryout.
The players coming as a potential tryout is
- Texas Tech WR Derrick Willies (6’4, 210 lbs)
- North Texas WR Darvin Kidsy Jr. (6’0, 183 lbs)
- Louisville TE Charles Standberry (6’3, 243 lbs)
- Georgia Tech C Freddie Burden (6’3, 302 lbs)
- Northwestern FB Garrett Dickerson (6’2, 245 lbs)
- San Jose State P Michael Carrizosa
- Ohio State LS Nick Seme
Now to get to the players the Browns signed after the draft
Fresno State WR Da’Mari Scott (6’0, 211 lbs)
The Browns brought Scott in for one of their top 30 pre-draft visits and he had to impress the team enough on the field and during his visit to sign him. Scott is a fifth year senior coming out of the Bulldogs program.
Probably a slot receiver at best in the next level, Scott had 87 catches over his four seasons with 2017 being his most productive season with 53 catches for 543 yards and a touchdown. Also was a kick returner so he has that ability too.
West Georgia OT Desmond Harrison (6’6, 292 lbs)
This was the top undrafted free agent signing by many draft pundits for the Browns. Harrison was also a top 30 pre-draft visit for the team and was a participant at the Senior Bowl.
Harrison has some red flags which was obvious as to why he went undrafted but there’s talent there and he’s a good athlete for a left tackle. John Dorsey isn’t afraid to take chances on low character guys and Harrison could pay off.
Hopefully Cleveland can get his weight steady because while he’s listed at 292, when he weighed in at the Senior Bowl, it was at 279 which is obviously very light for an offensive tackle.
Oklahoma OL Erick Wren (6’2, 308 lbs)
Baker Mayfield’s center from Oklahoma is joining him in Clevland. He was the starting center in Oklahoma the past two seasons earning All-Big 12 honors in each center after walking on in 2015 their much like Mayfield did.
Looking at his testing, he’s obviously not a great athlete but Oklahoma has produced some solid offensive lineman over the years and the front office seen something in his game when they were likely watching Mayfield’s tape to want to bring him in.
Illinois OL Christian DiLauro (6’5, 300 lbs)
DiLauro is a local kid who attended Green High School just south of Akron before attending the University of Illinois.
He started in Illinois for three and a half seasons and has played on both the left and right side at tackle and also could kick inside to play guard.
Georgia DT Trenton Thompson (6’3, 288 lbs).
He’s described by Lance Zierlein as a “tough, athletic three-technique with a combination of disruption and strength at the point of attack”. He’s had a problem with staying healthy which I think dropped his stock throughout the process. Zierlein said he held his own against Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey who both went top 10 in the draft.
If he can stay healthy, Cleveland may have a role for him in that crowded defensive tackle room with Larry Ogunjobi, Caleb Brantley, Jamie Meder and Trevon Coley.
Texas A&M DT Zaycoven Henderson (6’1, 298 lbs)
Henderson was another player the Browns had in as a top 30 pre-draft visit.
He’s undersized for his position but Zierlein says he has a good motor and overall athleticism to play the position.
Zierlein also added that he doesn’t have good length to consistently to control blockers and not enough power in his bullrush and scouts also told him he’s too inconsistent and has issues “getting cranked up”.
Arizona State LB D.J. Calhoun (6’0, 225 lbs)
A four year starter at Arizona State, Calhoun was one of the best tacklers in all of college football. Pro Football Focus says that Calhoun missed only two tackles during his senior season.
With the Browns needing depth at linebacker, Calhoun could sneak onto to the roster but will have to compete with fifth round pick Genard Avery. Calhoun could make the squad though as a special teamer.
Grambing State S Montrel Meander (6’3, 180 lbs)
Former Texas wide receiver who was suspended there after facing a sexual assault charge. Transferred to Grambling State after the charges were acquitted.
Good size for a safety and has great speed with it (4.40) but scouting reports say he needs good coaching and is still very raw as a prospect.
Tennessee S/KR Evan Berry (5’11, 205 lbs)
The younger brother of Chiefs All-Pro safety Eric Berry, Evan played defensive back and was a kick return specialist during his time in Tennessee with 1,820 career kick return yards. He had one career interception which he returned 100 yards for a touchdown against Iowa in the 2015 Outback Bowl.
Berry also did drills at wide receiver during Tennessee’s pro day in March so it’ll be interesting to see what the Browns plans are for him.
BYU S Micah Hannemann (5’11, 191 lbs)
The second consecutive year the Browns have signed a BYU safety after the draft with Kai Nacua being the guy last year who eventually made the Browns 53 man roster.
Hannemann had 123 tackles, 4 interceptions and a sack during his career with the Cougars and while he was up and down during his run there, a BYU writer at “Vanquish the Foe” says his size and athleticism will give Hannemann a shot in the NFL.