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Four more draft picks sign
By Zac Jackson, Staff Writer
July 23, 2006
Photo By John H. Reid III
The Browns signed four more draft choices Sunday, including second-rounder D'Qwell Jackson, leaving third-rounder Travis Wilson as the team's only unsigned draft choice.
The team capped a productive weekend by signing Jackson, fourth-rounders Leon Williams and Isaac Sowells and fifth-rounder Jerome Harrison to four-year deals. First-round pick Kamerion Wimbley signed a six-year deal Saturday.
The nine signed draft picks and other Browns rookies began participating in a three-day camp orientation Sunday.
Full-squad training camp opens Wednesday.
Having Wimbley and Jackson in camp on time is a positive, as both were drafted to contribute immediately to the team's rebuilt linebacking corps. Williams could be an immediate impact player on special teams and will be in the mix at inside linebacker as well.
Jackson (6-foot, 228) was a tackling machine as a three-year starter at Maryland. He won ACC Defensive Player of the Year Honors last fall after recording 137 tackles (56 solo), 4 sacks and 2 interceptions.
The Browns traded Jeff Faine to move up nine spots in the second round and draft Jackson, who enters camp battling Chaun Thompson for the starting job at inside linebacker opposite Andra Davis.
Williams (6-foot-2, 238) was never a full-time starter at Miami, but he's an intriguing athlete and proven special teams player. He played behind Davis in the spring; the Browns have hopes that Williams will be a productive player at some point.
Sowells, the team's other fourth-round pick, was a left tackle at Indiana and will start his NFL career as a backup guard. Sowells (6-foot-3, 324) was a three-year starter at Indiana.
Harrison (5-foot-9, 199) enters camp in a crowded battle for carries and playing time behind starting running back Reuben Droughns, but he catches the ball well and has enough burst to make an impact this season.
He ran for 1900 yards last fall at Washington State, the second-highest total in NCAA Division I-A football, and scored 16 touchdowns in 11 games. He was third in the nation with 192 all-purpose yards per game.