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Browns signed two UDFA who can “make major waves”

The Cleveland Browns had their fair share of good picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. Then there is the consolation prize players who went undrafted. The Browns were able to sign a handful of these players who had the choice of any NFL team willing to ink their contract immediately after the draft concluded. Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton seems to think that two of them can “make major waves” this offseason, on a team that still has plenty of holes and rooms for improvement. The two players who chose that were signed by Cleveland: BYU safety Kai Nacua and Kent State cornerback Najee Murray.

The Browns may have drafted Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers with their second of three first round picks over the weekend, but they still need plenty of help at their other safety spot. During his four-year career at BYU, Nacua totaled 165 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 14 interceptions, 12 passes defended, one fumble recovery, and two touchdowns in 38 games. During his Pro Day, the safety ran a 4.49 40-yard dash. While that doesn’t jump off the boards, that’s still quite fast for a safety. Nacua may be a bad tackler, but Peppers and Tyvis Powell can make up for that weakness.

While he went undrafted, Wharton believes that Nacua is one of the best athletes in the class and has plenty of promise in order to not only compete but potentially start in the NFL. On a safety-needy team like the Browns, Nacua may have have found the perfect scenario.

A local product, Murray committed to Ohio State before transferring to Kent State following his freshman year in Columbus. As a member of the Golden Flashes, he notched 100 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 21 passes defended, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and four fumbles recovered in 27 games as a member of the Golden Flashes.

Besides Joe Haden, the Browns badly need help at cornerback. A slot-only option due to his height (5-foot-9), Murray has the toughness to make up for his lack of size.

Both of these players will not only compete in training camp, but have a great shot at possibility being on the roster come the season opener if they play their cards right.

Others who made the list:

  • WR Ishmael Zamora, Oakland Raiders
  • TE Darrell Daniels, Indianapolis Colts
  • OG Aviante Collins, Minnesota Vikings
  • LB Connor Harris, New York Jets
  • LB Dylan Cole, Houston Texans
  • S Lorenzo Jerome, San Francisco 49ers

  • Harv

    I give Utah a pass on Josh. He gave them Josh Sincere Eyes, took their personal counseling and dirtied another test before even suiting up, so he hosed them pretty good too.

  • Hot buttered cheese steaks are the superior choice

  • Harv

    and who was Pettine’s D-coordinator drinking buddy, immediately hired by San Fran although he was even too incompetent for the Browns? The players may be caught in a merciless, CTE-inducing, contract-voiding meritocracy but the coaches are playing a far different game.

  • Garry_Owen

    I won’t argue with you. But for health reasons, I can at least mentally justify purchasing something called a “Romanburger” much easier than anything with “hot buttered” in the title. Sure, it might be a distinction without a difference, but at 43, those somehow matter.

  • mgbode

    Reminds Harv: you can blame Baylor for Josh Gordon too

  • mgbode

    Well, we are NOT talking about former Browns DL coach Joe Cullen whose claim to fame before being hired by the Browns was driving through a Wendy’s naked while a member of the Lions coaching staff.

    (you are referencing Jim O’Neil)

  • mgbode

    There’s a Pittsburgh beaver joke in there but BYC means I cannot type it out.

  • CBiscuit

    I’m with Harv on the Baylor bitterness. RGIII to Coleman was a rotten 2016 Baylor sandwich. Add a side of Josh Gordon greens and their icky scandal…and I have no appetite left for that school (yes greens intended)

  • I keep telling myself that the big 4-0 will mark the time that I stop ordering items whose very name raises my cholesterol level. But for now, the more the merrier.

  • Garry_Owen

    That’s nothing compared to the songs that our student body actually sang at games. Again, though, for BYC reasons, I won’t type them.

  • CBiscuit

    Just wait buddy. Went to Vegas for a bachelor party last weekend (us…a bunch of old men there for our buddy getting married later in life) and at a nice steakhouse the convo was about our cholestorol and dosage of Simvastatin. Party!

  • Garry_Owen

    Here’s a little “wisdom” from an elder:

    At 43, I do say that I wish I had started investing much earlier. I have never once said that I wish I had started eating better earlier. Food is the joy of life. When it starts to obviously threaten life, but only then, do you need to make adjustments. Until that point, eat! Enjoy!

    *Disclaimer: Do not take health advice from a juris doctor.

  • Garry_Owen

    Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!! Keep it in Vegas.

  • mgbode

    MOAR COLEMAND DISSENT

    I suppose Corey Coleman is my current player who I have more faith in than the rest of the pack. Hope he ends up better than Brandon Weeden.

  • Harv

    actually, that’s who I meant. I’m giving Coleman another half-season to show he’s a baller before my holy wrath descends upon him and the early software program deeming him that draft’s best receiver.

  • RGB

    Do we hate South Florida, too?

  • mgbode

    I think we hate ALL THE FLORIDAS !

  • mgbode

    Finally, a GIF. I was worried that our GIFing abilities were gone. Poor ratio today though.

  • Harv

    well, if that’s a crime then lock. me. up.

  • A few years back a group of us from the college days did a long weekend in Myrtle Beach, with the plan on the final night including one of those Brazilian steak house deals with the endless skewers of various meats and then out on the town for drinks and shenanigans. Well, we managed to first part, but spent the rest of the night battling fatigue and discomfort from the sheer amount of the aforementioned meats we had consumed, drinking little more than pepto. College-aged us would have been so disappointed.

  • I could reasonably manage to communicate solely in GIF if need be. But occasionally I think it best to use my words, if only so I don’t forget how to do so.

  • RGB

    I dunno. This thread has been high quality.
    Great stuff for a Wednesday.

  • Garry_Owen
  • RGB

    Anymore, our shenanigans consist of a spirited game of Cards Against Humanity at the local watering hole.

  • mgbode

    No, this thread is quite high in quality. Some might find it exceptional.

  • Saggy

    what does the “P” stand for?

  • Saggy

    Dan Gilbert is from Michigan, too.

  • Saggy

    well, couldn’t be any……..you know what? I’ll just stop right there.

  • Saggy

    After all that – he did end up being a Desir in the headlights.

  • Saggy

    Jackson — Wow. That’s out in the cut. i just figured that would make you a Cincinnati fan.

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  • Garry_Owen

    Which is why I REFUSED to celebrate or be happy when the Cavs won! Oh why couldn’t it have been the Indians, or a Michigan-free Browns team to win the first championship???

  • jpftribe

    LOL, it must be P for Pay from Google.

  • jpftribe

    He found the sideline every game his rookie season, already well ahead.

  • jpftribe

    Cannot. stop. watching.

  • RGB

    Wha?
    Jackson Township is in Stark County right between Akron and Canton. NEO baby!

  • RGB

    Wha?
    Jackson Township is in Stark County right between Akron and Canton. NEO baby!
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  • Petefranklin

    Thankfully we didn’t have to eat any Petty pie.

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  • Ricky Anotony

    So, Nacua slows them down by bouncing off them or olaying them, then Peppers or Powell finishes them off with crunching tackles.

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