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2020 NFL Draft

Browns welcome 12 draft picks, undrafted FAs, 50 tryout players for rookie mini-camp

Mike Pettine got by with a little help from his trusty, laminated roster card Friday as he paced the practice fields behind the Browns' facility in Berea.

The second-year Cleveland coach had plenty to watch at the first day of rookie mini-camp. One year since the Browns plucked a number of contributors from last year's tryout players, Pettine and his coaches evaluated a group that was significantly larger than the first.

The team's 12 draft picks, four undrafted free agent signees and a handful of first-year players who were on the roster before the draft were joined by 50 tryout players who came to Cleveland from Manitoba to Rancho Cucamonga, California -- from Florida State to Colorado State-Pueblo.

Pettine described the scene in simple fashion: "Win-win."

"We give guys an opportunity to come out here that maybe fell through the cracks with a lot of the tryout guys and it allows us to do 11-on-11 work," Pettine said. "Like we found last year, we found three guys that made the 53 in this. It's just great to be able to get these guys on film and get them evaluated."

Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, defensive back Robert Nelson and defensive back K'Waun Williams were last year's tryout players who went on to make significant contributions as members of the Browns' 2014 53-man roster. Defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel, who was a member of the practice squad and appeared in one game, was also a tryout player.

Because quarterback Connor Shaw, McDaniel and a handful of other players who were on the roster before the draft are still viewed as first-year players, they were able to practice with the rookies. Shaw and McDaniel, in particular, were praised for their contributions, as coaches lauded McDaniel for the pressure he applied from the middle of the Browns' defensive line while Shaw received a large dose of snaps alongside tryout quarterbacks Justin Worley and Rakeem Cato.

"Connor's been Connor, very quiet but just very solid, knows what to do, quietly has good command of the huddle, has a presence," Pettine said. "He's just not a real verbal, real vocal type of leader. He's been real solid. Prepares well, and it shows up on the field."

The Browns' 12 draft picks, of course, drew the most attention from camera lenses. The two-hour, 15-minute session served as the first official action in a Browns helmet for first-rounders Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving, second-round pick Nate Orchard, third-rounders Duke Johnson and Xavier Cooper, fourth-rounders Ibraheim Campbell and Vince Mayle, sixth-rounders Malcolm Johnson and Charles Gaines and seventh-rounder Hayes Pullard.

Mayle (fourth round, Washington State) was limited because of a thumb injury while tight end Randall Telfer (sixth round, USC) and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (seventh round, Oregon) were in street clothes.

"We know things are always a little bit slow in the beginning," Pettine said. "They're kind of slowed down trying to process. We don't get too wrapped up into it, but I think with pretty much every guy that we drafted, at some point during today's practice, there was a moment of, 'Oh, that's why we drafted him.'"

Browns rookie mini-camp roster

"*" denotes a 2015 draft pick

"**" denotes a player who was on the roster or added to it before the draft

"*" denotes an undrafted free agent who signed this week

**DL Calvin Barnett (Oklahoma State)

**OL Karim Barton (Morgan State)

TE Emmanuel Bibbs (Iowa State)

WR Paul Browning (Colorado State-Pueblo)

*DB Ibraheim Campbell (Northwestern)

WR Jabari Carr (San Jose State)

QB Rakeem Cato (Marshall)

**K Travis Coons (Washington)

*DL Xavier Cooper (Washington State)

FB Jeff Covitz (Bryant)

WR Nicolas Demski (Manitoba)

*DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon)

*OL Cameron Erving (Florida State)

LB V.J. Fehoko (Texas Tech)

DB Landon Feichter (Purdue)

RB David Fluellen (Toledo)

*DB Charles Gaines (Louisville)

DB Gareef Glashen (Rutgers)

WR Christian Green (Florida State)

OL Steven Gurrola (Arizona)

TE Kevin Haplea (Florida State)

WR Sedrick Harris (East Texas Baptist)

DB Quentin Hayes (Oklahoma)

**LS Charley Hughlett (Central Florida)

LB Travis Hughes (North Carolina)

**DB Kendall James (Maine)

WR Darius Jennings (Virginia)

*RB Duke Johnson (Miami)

*FB Malcolm Johnson (Mississippi State)

WR Nick Jones (South Carolina)

OL Joe Kaleta (Coastal Carolina)

K Marvin Kloss (South Florida)

DB Travis Lee (Miles College)

*OL Tyler Loos (Northern Illinois)

RB Luke Lundy (Ottawa)

LB Alex Markarian (Humbolt State)

WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (Iowa)

*WR Vince Mayle (Washington State)

DL Jerome McClain (South Alabama)

**DL Jacobbi McDaniel (Florida State)

**DL Jamie Meder (Ashland)

*OL Darrian Miller (Kentucky)

TE Jimmay Mundine (Kansas)

OL Jeff Myers (Toledo)

TE De'Marieya Nelson (Arizona State)

LB Rodman Noel (North Carolina State)

*LB Nate Orchard (Utah)

DB Kenneth Penny (UNLV)

LB Ty Phillips (Missouri Valley)

**LB Keith Pough (Howard)

WR Kyle Prater (Northwestern)

*LB Hayes Pullard (USC)

DB Derricus Purdy (Texas Southern)

DB Joe Rankin (Morgan State)

LB Mike Reilly (William and Mary)

P Ben Rhyne (Stanford)

WR DeMarco Robinson (Kentucky)

OL Trevor Sales (Buffalo)

*DB De'ante Saunders (Tennessee State)

DB Caleb Schaffitzel (Missouri State)

LB Marte Sears (Faulkner)

DB Cassius Sendish (Kansas)

**QB Connor Shaw (South Carolina)

*DL Danny Shelton (Washington)

**DB Varmah Sonie (Northern Iowa)

OL Austin Sowell (Elon)

**Carey Spear (Vanderbilt)

DB Brandon Stephens (Miami Ohio)

*TE Randall Telfer (USC)

P Chase Tenpenny (Nevada)

DB Latarrius Thomas (Eastern Michigan)

DB Lorenzo Waters (Rutgers)

DB Dominique Williams (Boston College)

WR Jedarius Williams (Jacksonville State)

LB Tyler Williamson (Southern Illinois)

QB Justin Worley (Tennessee)

*DL Dylan Wynn (Oregon State)

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