The Browns selected Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle in the fourth round of Saturday's NFL draft.
Mayle, who is the second Washington State player to join the Browns' roster in the last 24 hours, was selected with the 123rd pick, which was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals.
"Vince is a big kid, very productive," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "He's a former basketball player – hasn't played a lot of football. But we feel like there is a tremendous upside there. We know he's talented enough to play. We like the fact that he is big and he can run. We're excited that we got him where we got him."
Mayle reeled in 106 catches for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns as a fifth-year senior with the Cougars. He cleared 100 yards six times and went for more than 250 twice, topping off with 263 yards Oct. 4, 2014, against California.
"I bring a bigger, physical wide receiver who has speed," Mayle said. "I'm willing to play special teams for as long as I have to. I am just a physical competitor who loves to win and hates losing."
Mayle, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 224 pounds, had at least one catch of 30 yards or longer in eight of 12 games.
He said he'd vow to improve his game after being selected in the fourth round.
Mayle began his college career as a basketball player at Shasta Community College, where he played from 2009-10. He played football at Sierra College in 2012 and caught the eye of Washington State by catching 61 passes for 984 yards.
"One of my high school coaches told me that you would be a better wideout than you would be a point guard," Mayle said. "I took that and listened to it and ran with it, and I ended up at Washington State."
As a junior with the Cougars, Mayle caught 42 passes for 539 yards and seven touchdowns.
"I probably get targeted about 15 times a game. We throw the ball pretty much every play," Mayle said. "Our run game is quick screens to the outside. That is part of our run game. [We ran] a lot of vertical routes and a lot of underneath routes. We have pretty much everything in our offense."
Mayle said he connected with Browns coaches at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. He also has a connection to his new position coach, as Browns wide receivers coach Joker Phillips tried to recruit Mayle to Kentucky while he was the head coach.
Mayle joins a Browns wide receiver room that features two veteran free agent signings, Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe, and returning leading receiver Andrew Hawkins.
"I am just excited," Mayle said.