The Browns on Friday selected UNC-Charlotte defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi with the 65th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ogunjobi is the fifth new Browns player, joining first-round picks Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku and second-round pick DeShone Kizer. He was selected with the first pick in the third round.
"We were very excited about Larry. He has really only been playing football since his sophomore year of high school," Browns vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry said.
"We thought he was one of the more physically gifted defensive tackles in the entire draft – strong, explosive and athletic. Coming into the fall, he obviously dominated Conference USA and improved every year during his career. He was exceptional during the Senior Bowl week and responded well to the uptick in competition. Really just the time that we spent scouting him going to work him out this spring, we felt very comfortable with his overall skillset and his fit in our defense."
Ogunjobi started every single game over his four-year career and led the team in tackles for loss in each one of those seasons. This past year, Ogunjobi had 13.5 tackles for loss and landed on Conference USA's first team.
Ogunjobi participated at the 2017 Senior Bowl, where the Browns coaching staff served as coaches for the South team. He's the first player to ever be drafted from UNC-Charlotte, which launched a football program in 2013.
The Cleveland Browns draft Larry Ogunjobi at No. 65 in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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