BEREA, OHIO-- With the no. 65 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Browns selected Penn State DE Carl Nassib.
Nassib, a 6'7, 277-pound pass rusher that came to Penn State as a preferred walk-on, set the Nittany Lions' single-season sack record with 15.5 in 2015-- the same year in which he made his first-ever start on a football field.
Amidst his incredible 2015 season, Nassib won the Lombardi Award winner for the nation's top lineman and the Ted Hendricks Award winner for the nation's top defensive end, while also becoming the 13th unanimous Consensus All-American to attend Penn State.
Nassib, who ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine despite his massive frame, reflected on his collegiate career in a conference call on Friday night, remembering the time that former Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien told him that he'd never play NFL football.
"I always had dreams of playing in the NFL," Nassib said. "A lot of people didn't agree with that and that never deterred me."
Now having accomplished his dream of being an NFL player, Nassib becomes the second in his family to reach that status.
Nassib's brother, Ryan, a former quarterback at Syracuse, was drafted by the New York Giants with the 110th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Hue Jackson called Nassib with the news that he would become the latest member of the Cleveland Browns.
"I talked to Coach Jackson and he told me that I needed to bring the same dedication and intensity that I had at Penn State," Nassib said.
He ensured his new coach that effort wouldn't be an issue.
"Wherever they need me, I'll play," Nassib said. "I'm just so, so excited to be in Cleveland."
Having already drafted 6'4, 275-pound DE Emmanuel Ogbah from Oklahoma State with the No. 32 overall selection, the Browns have added two pass rushers on the second day of the 2016 NFL Draft.
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