Cleveland Browns sign WR Vince Mayle


Nov 22, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Vince Mayle (1) misses a pass as Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Lloyd Carrington (8) defends during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian -USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Vince Mayle on Monday, the team announced on its website.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Mayle was the team’s fourth-round selection and the 123rd overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Last season with Washington State, Mayle was named second-team All-Pac-12 and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, an award for the nation’s top wide receiver. He had a school-record 106 receptions and 1,483 receiving yards, including a pair of games with more than 250 receiving yards.

According to, Mayle is a:

"“Good-sized athlete with light feet and smooth acceleration, turning on the burners downfield as a deep threat. Sharp footwork in the stem of his routes with initial quickness out of his cuts. Springs in his legs to out-leap defenders and highpoint the football. Tracks well with the hand/eye coordination and ballskills to make hands-catches in stride. Adjusts well outside of the normal strike zone with natural body control. Better than expected after the catch with field vision and the lower body flexibility to redirect his momentum and stress defenses – uses the same qualities to anticipate coverage holes and room to operate pre-throw. Lost 20 pounds since arriving at Washington State and appeared to be in much better football shape as a senior, embracing the physical aspect of the game. Extremely productive senior season, leading the Pac-12 in catches (106) and receiving yards (1,483) and finishing second in the country in receiving yards per game (123.6).”your text"

“Vince is a big kid, very productive,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer told the team’s website on draft night. “He’s a former basketball player – hasn’t played a lot of football. But we feel like there is a tremendous upside there. We know he’s talented enough to play. We like the fact that he is big and he can run. We’re excited that we got him where we got him.”

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Mayle is scheduled to have surgery on his thumb, which he injured during practice for the Senior Bowl, but the club is reportedly expecting him to be healthy in time for training camp this summer.

Mayle is the first wide receiver Cleveland has selected in the draft since taking Travis Benjamin in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Mayle will compete for playing time with free-agent signings Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline, as well as incumbents Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Rodney Smith and Benjamin.

The signing of Mayle brings the number of draft picks under contract to 10. In addition to Mayle, the Browns have signed offensive lineman Cameron Erving, nose tackle Danny Shelton, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, linebacker Nate Orchard, defensive lineman Xavier Cooper, defensive back Charles Gaines, fullback Malcolm Johnson, tight end Randall Telfer and linebacker Hayes Pullard.

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