CLEVELAND (WJW)– After three days of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns solidified their new nickname as LSU North.
After taking Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills with the 10th over pick, the Browns snatched up LSU safety Grant Delpit and linebacker Jacob Phillips. Add those two with the list of former Tigers already in Cleveland, including Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. and Greedy Williams, and you might as well say Geaux Browns.
“It feels great. Having the LSU connection in the NFL is something that most people probably do not have. Especially since the LSU, the group of guys there are so close, I know that those are the dudes there that will be able to take me under their wing and show me the ropes,” Phillips said.
On Saturday, the Cleveland Browns ended their SEC streak when they selected Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant with the 115th overall pick. The 6-foot-5, 243-pound tight end is an athletic blocker with solid instincts and the potential to be a starter early on in his career.
In the fifth round, the Browns picked Washington center Nick Harris. Considered a top prospect at center, Harris gives the Browns some much-needed depth.
For their final selection, Cleveland chose Michigan wide receiver and punt returner Donovan Peoples-Jones. He was a reliable target for the Wolverines, even with erratic play at quarterback.
Round 1, 10th overall: Jedrick Wills, tackle, Alabama
Round 2, 44th overall: Grant Delpit, safety, LSU
Round 3, 88th overall: Jordan Elliott, defensive tackle, Missouri
Round 3, 97th overall: Jacob Phillips, linebacker, LSU
Round 4, 115th overall: Harrison Bryant, tight end, Florida Atlantic
Round 5, 160th overall: Nick Harris, center, Washington
Round 6, 187th overall: Donovan Peoples-Jones, wide receiver, Michigan