And it’s over! After three days and countless trades, the Browns are down with their selections in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The final selection with the 40th pick in the seventh round was tight end Brad Smelley from Alabama. Fittingly, ESPN just showcased on the bottom line that Smelley had a career-high four touchdown receptions this past year as the starting H-back for the national champions.
Smelley has decent size at almost 6-feet-2-inches and 233 lbs, but wasn’t very high on many boards. He doesn’t have ideal speed, burst or agility, and his top attribute in many different regards are his great hands.
On ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr said that Alabama QB AJ McCarron relied upon Smelley quite often this past season. Kiper said Smelley is a clutch guy with great hands who is someone to watch out for in the future.
Smelley will have some tough competition, even though the Browns are desperate for consistent wideouts. The team has stockpiled on tight ends over the past few years, and Smelley likely will need to shine throughout the offseason in order to get consistent playing time.
Stay tuned by tomorrow for all of the latest analysis from the WFNY crew. Thanks for sticking with us throughout this three-day process and come back soon for our thoughts.