- Jay Morrison
- Laurel Pfahler Staff Writer
The Browns selected N.C. State running back Matt Dayes with their second seventh-round pick.
The Browns took Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez with their first of two picks in the seventh round.
A Lou Groza Award finalist as a senior, Gonzalez is the FBS career record holder with 96 field goals. His 494 points also are a FBS record, as are his six games with at least four field goals, three field goals of at least 50 yards in a single game.
He’s also the first FBS kicker to make at least 20 field goals in each of his four seasons.
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The Cleveland Browns took Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley with the first pick of the sixth round.
Brantley, at 6-foot-3, 307-pounds, was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2016 after he finished tied for the Gators’ lead in tackles for loss (8.5, 2.5 sacks) as a 10-game starter. He also started 10 games in 2015, recording 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, and he played consistently enough as a freshman to earn a start in Florida’s bowl game.
Draft analysts said despite being slightly undersized, he is an efficient mover with lean muscle mass and thickness in his arms and legs. He comes with a red flag, has he is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly striking a woman on April 13. The outcome of that case is still pending.
16. (160): Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State
The 6-foot-7, 298-pound lineman was a two-time first-team All-ACC pick who started every game on the blind side since midway through the 2014 season, when he garnered Freshman All-American honors for his play.
Johnson twice received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy from league coaches because of his work at left tackle for the Seminoles. He has long arms that tend to disrupt edge rushers and he brings power in the run block.
20. (126): Howard Wilson, Cornerback, Houston
The Browns traded up to get Wilson in the fourth round, as they were not scheduled to make their first pick of the day until the fifth round.
Wilson was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick in 2016 after leading Houston with five interceptions, as well as recording 54 tackles and five pass break-ups. He used a medical redshirt in 2015 after tearing up his knee after an interception in the season’s third game.