2015 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Draft Class Recap

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6th Rd – 195th Overall

Oct 11, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs tight end Malcolm Johnson (6) hangs onto the ball Auburn Tigers defensive back Joshua Holsey (15) during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Malcolm Johnson

The Cleveland Browns selected tight end Malcolm Johnson of Mississippi State with the 195 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Johnson will join a tight end core that includes recently signed free agent Rob Houlser, Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray.

According to CBSSports.com, Johnson:

"“earned Second Team All-SEC honors a year ago by the league coaches but doesn’t play the traditional tight end role, seeing most of his action on the wing or in the slot. He possesses a strong, well-built frame and sticky hands to make tough grabs.”"

Johnson split time at receiver and tight end in college, but will more than likely spend most of his time at tight end with the Browns, although the team reportedly likes his versatility.

After losing tight end Jordan Cameron to the Miami Dolphins in free agency this past offseason, the Browns needed to add more tight ends to the roster. Cleveland signed Housler, but the need for another pass-catching tight end still existed. Last season, Johnson caught 39 passes for 391 yards and a pair of touchdowns. At 6-foot-1, 231-pounds he possesses above-average size and a compact frame. Like his draft profile says, Johnson can line up in the wing or the slot position, giving either

Johnny Manziel


Josh McCown

another tight end to throw to in the middle of the field Johnson displayed “sticky hands” last season, showing that he can make tough plays and consistently reel in passes. If needed, Johnson also has the ability to play fullback in a West Coast offense. General manager

Ray Farmer

has drafted three other offensive players through the draft thus far: Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving (first round), Miami running back Duke Johnson (third round), and Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle (fourth round).

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