Browns ink draft picks Cooper, Johnson

Third and sixth-rounders sign on the dotted line as the Browns quickly get their draft class under contract.

Remember when draft picks signing a new contracts was an actual news story? These days, rookie training camp holdouts are mercifully part of the past, and agreements are rather ho-hum affairs.

The Cleveland Browns now have nearly half their draft picks signed, with the news earlier today that they have signed defensive lineman Xavier Cooper and fullback Malcolm Johnson to contracts.

The OBR’s Lane Adkins reported yesterday that a claim of Danny Shelton signing from was premature.

Washington State’s Xavier Cooper was attractive enough to the Browns that they traded up late in the third round to grab him. Cooper finished 2014 with 37 tackles (9.5 for loss) and five sacks. Here was our breakdown of the selection.

Johnson, a team captain at Mississippi State, is often listed as a tight end, but was used as an H-Back/Fullback as well, and was the team’s fourth leading receiver in 2014 with 28 catches for 380 yards and three touchdowns.

The Browns have signed five picks in total, as Nate Orchard, Charles Gaines, and Randall Telfer also have complete agreements.

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