With rookie minicamp scheduled to begin on Friday, the Cleveland Browns have started the process of signing the ten members of their 2017 draft class. Thursday night three players signed their rookie contracts.
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Wilson, the cornerback from the University of Houston will compete with Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor to start in the Browns secondary. Wilson played in 29 career games at Houston. He is a 2016 All-AAC first-team selection. The cornerback recorded 107 total tackles in his career, 54 in 2016. In addition he had five interceptions last season. He ranked second in the American Athletic Conference in interceptions. Wilson finished his Cougars career with nine total interceptions.
Johnson, the offensive lineman out of Florida State, is expected to compete with fellow former Seminole Cameron Erving for the starting job at right tackle. He appeared in 39 career games at Florida State, with 31 starts. Johnson is a two time recipient of the ACC Jacobs Blocking Award Trophy. It honors the ACC’s top offensive lineman…He earned All-American honors in 2015 and 2016 in addition to being a two-time All-ACC first-team selection.
Dayes, the running back out of North Carolina State, adds some depth at the running back position. He will likely see most of his playing time on special teams or could be a practice squad member in 2017. He played in 45 career games at N.C. State. Dayes finished fourth in school history with 2,856 career rushing yard. In addition he had 34 touchdowns and 98 career receptions for 933 yards and six touchdowns. He ran for 1,166 yards and ten touchdowns on 249 carries in 2016. He recorded the school’s to mark the sixth highest single-season rushing total.
With the rookie contract structure set up the way it is, the rest of the rookie class should get under contract soon.