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.

It’s not any of the three players selected in the first round, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku.

Fourth round pick Howard Wilson, fifth round pick Roderick Johnson and seventh round pick Matt Dayes are now under contract.

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.

Scott Piker is the lead staff writer for the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Endzone Score. So follow him on Twitter @ScottPikerSport.

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Scott Piker
End Zone Score Cleveland Browns Staff Writer

Scott Piker has spent nearly two decades in the Cleveland media covering news and sports with experience in radio, television, print and digital media. He has covered everything from high school, college, Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, Buckeyes and local colleges. Scott spent five years as the sports producer at WEWS NewsChannel 5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland and also has his sports work featured on examiner.com, neosportsinsiders.com and about.com. Scott has also received an Emmy award in television news. Scott also works as a photographer and editor for WJW Fox-8 in Cleveland. Scott was born and raised and still resides in his hometown of Madison, Ohio.

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