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Browns hoping wide receiver Vince Mayle can recreate his college production in NFL

Vince Mayle is used to getting footballs slung his way.

In Washington State's spread offense under coach Mike Leach, the wide receiver averaged nearly 15 targets per game, and the strategy paid off. Mayle's 2014 season – 106 catches, and 1,483 yards – set Cougar school records.

What, perhaps, intrigued Cleveland were three of his touchdown catches going for 72, 81 and 90 yards. Mayle has a knack for getting behind cornerbacks and safeties and putting on the turbo button all the way to the end zone.

Mayle's 123.6 receiving yards per game ranked second in the country.

"The best indicator of future success is past success," Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters after Friday's second and third rounds.

"I bring a big and physical wide receiver who is speedy and willing to play special teams for as long as I have to," Mayle said. "I am a physical competitor who loves to win and hates losing."

Before the draft, scouts raved about Mayle's leaping ability as a former basketball player, his footwork in route running and field vision with the ball in his hands. He's embraced becoming a more physical threat during his college career – dropping 20 pounds in two seasons, yet still maintaining strength.


Because he only played two seasons of FBS college football and some argue his numbers are inflated in Leach's offense, Mayle fell to the fourth round. And it's something he's going to wear on his sleeve as he enters the Browns' facility next week for rookie minicamp.

"A humbling experience," Mayle responded when asked why he wasn't selected until the fourth round. "It just let me know that something's wrong with my game, something's wrong and I need to improve. That's how I feel." 

Mayle is the first wide receiver Cleveland has selected in the draft since Travis Benjamin in 2012. Mayle enters a retooled wide receiver's room with Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Rodney Smith and Benjamin.

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