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Browns trade up for cornerback Howard Wilson in the 4th round

The Browns traded up into the fourth round to get cornerback Howard Wilson from Houston

BEREA, Ohio--The Browns continue to wheel and deal.

After giving up their fourth-round pick in the move to get tight end David Njoku in the first round, the Browns got back into the fourth-round by making a trade with the Broncos. It was the third trade the Browns made in the first four rounds.

With the pick, the Browns addressed a need by taking cornerback Howard Wilson from Houston.


“That is love right there, man," an excited Wilson said about the Browns trading up for him. "That is love. They committed themselves to me, and that is what I’m going to do to this organization and football team.”

Wilson (6-1, 185)  was an American Athletic Conference First Team selection. He had 54 tackles last season, including five interceptions, 10 passes broken up and 2.5 sacks. Wilson had nine career interceptions and 15 passes broken up. Wilson ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. 

Pro Football Focus ranked Wilson as the 20th-best cornerback in the draft.

CBS Sports and NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler Tweeted:

Wilson likes that the NFL is a passing league and likes to go get the ball when it's in the air.

“I feel like I am physical corner that can take the ball away," Wilson said. "The ball is in the air it has to be mine. I go and get it by any means. At U of H (University of Houston), we called ourselves the ‘Jack Boys’ because we were jacking everything that was in the air or anything that was on the ground. I just have to go get it every time.”

Wilson overcame a season-ending injury after just three games in 2015 and it made him appreciate the game of football when he returned for the 2016 season.

“I just have a natural ability to just take the ball away," Wilson said. "When I sat the year out, it made me love the game more. It made me cherish it and not take it for granted. It made me take every play like it was my last. I was playing every play like it was my last. Anytime that I had the opportunity to get the ball, that’s what I was going to do.”

The Browns acquired the 126th overall pick in the fourth round and the Broncos' 7th round pick (252 overall) in return for their two fifth-round picks (145th and 175th) 

As it stands, they still have their two sixth-round picks (181 & 188 overall) and the second to last pick in the NFL Draft. 252

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