BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have signed DB Howard Wilson, OL Rod Johnson and RB Matthew Dayes. They are the first of the club’s 10 2017 draft picks to sign.
Howard Wilson | DB | Houston
4th round (No. 126 overall)
Played in 29 career games at Houston…2016 All-AAC first-team selection…Collected 107 total tackles, 54 in 2016…Had five INTs in 2016, ranking second in the American Athletic Conference…Finished career with nine total INTs…Majored in sociology…Attended DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas.
Rod Johnson | OL | Florida State
5th round (No. 160 overall)
Played in 39 career games at Florida State, starting 31…Two-time ACC Jacobs Blocking Award Trophy recipient, which is given to the ACC’s top offensive lineman…Earned All-American honors in 2015 and 2016…Two-Time All-ACC first-team selection…Anchored an offensive line that rushed for 206.8 yards per game…Attended Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant, Mo.
Matthew Dayes | RB | N.C. State
7th round (No. 252 overall)
Played in 45 career games at N.C. State, finishing fourth in school history with 2,856 career rushing yards…Totaled 34 TDs, averaging 5.2 yards per carry on 550 attempts…Added 98 career receptions for 933 yards and six TDs…Ran for 1,166 yards and 10 TDs on 249 carries in 2016 to mark the sixth highest single-season rushing total in school history…Majored in sociology…Attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla.