Cleveland Browns claim Tyvis Powell to begin the offseason
The Cleveland Browns claimed former Ohio State Buckeye Tyvis Powell on Monday as the waiver wire officially opened for the 2017 season.
While fans around the world are still recovering from that amazing game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, the Cleveland Browns front office is busy at work.
The Browns made a roster move Monday when the waiver wire opened by claiming Tyvis Powell, who local fans may remember for his time as an Ohio State Buckeye.
Powell spent the 2016 season as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, where he signed after going undrafted last year.
Him joining the Browns serves as a homecoming for the young player, who not only went to college in Ohio, but also went to high school in Bedford, Ohio. He seemed excited about the move, expressing his joy on Twitter.
The 6-foot-2 safety didn’t see much playing time in Seattle last season, but earning playing time in Cleveland should be much easier.
Powell was a standout defensive player at Ohio State, and will enter the 2017 season as a 23-year-old. Learning under the group in Seattle should only help as he could factor in as a key piece in Gregg Williams’ new defensive scheme.
The current process of rebuilding allows the Browns to try out new faces at certain positions throughout the 2017 season. Powell may not even make the final roster, but if he does he will enter an open competition in the secondary as no job is guaranteed as of yet.
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With so long to go until the Browns play an actual game, the hope is that Powell will indeed make the final roster and provide the team with a hometown hero to rally around. And if the success of Terrelle Pryor was any indication, perhaps some Buckeye magic will be seen from Powell in 2017.