Cleveland Browns sign Corey Coleman, three other rookies
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns signed four draft picks, including first-rounder Corey Coleman, on Friday and now have six draft picks under contract.
The Cleveland Browns signed four more draft picks on Friday as the team prepares for this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
Inking their rookie contracts are wide receiver Corey Coleman, offensive lineman Spencer Drango, wide receiver Rashard Higgins and defensive back Trey Caldwell, according to the team’s website. They join wide receiver Jordan Payton and linebacker Scooby Wright, who reportedly signed their contracts on Thursday.
The 5-foot-11 and 194-pound Coleman won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’’s top receiver in 2015 after leading the nation with 20 touchdown receptions. He was a unanimous All-American and first-team all-conference selection after catching 74 passes for 1,363 yards in 2015.
After an impressive freshman year at Colorado State (68 receptions, 837 yards and six touchdowns), Higgins put up mind-boggling numbers in 2014. He posted 96 receptions for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns. 2015 was another good year, although the production took a dip amid the arrival of a new quarterback and offense with a stat line of 74 receptions, 1,061 yards and eight touchdowns.
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Coleman and Higgins are two of the four wide receivers selected by the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft as the team looks to overall an under-performing unit.
Durango was a four-year starter for Baylor, where he was an All-American and First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2014 and 2015. Drango has an opportunity to compete for a spot along the right side of the Browns line as he is a strong run blocker.
An honorable mention All-Sun Belt selection in 2015, Caldwell had 52 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and broke up 10 passes for the WarHawks. For his collegiate career he had 143 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions in four seasons at Louisiana-Monroe.