Browns Adding Offensive Lineman?

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Browns are attempting to add C/OG Craig Osika to their 53-man roster. Osika could be valuable to the team for several reasons... here's some more info...

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (thanks for the tip, CCDawg49!), the Browns are attempting to add C/OG Craig Osika to their 53-man roster.

Osika played college ball at the University of Indiana and was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2002 draft. He was cut by the 49ers late in the 2003 training camp, and then was briefly acquired by the Green Bay Packers for their practice squad. After less than a day with the Packers, according to the Journal-Sentinel, Osika was contacted by the Browns with the intent of adding him to the active roster.

There has been no announcement by the team as of yet.

Of course, it may simply be coincidence that the Browns are signing this ex-Niner based on their interest in his skills and issues at the OG spot now that Barry Stokes has to fill in for the injured Ross Verba. The signing several days before flying to San Francisco to face the 49ers is interesting, given that Osika had enough time to absorb the team's offensive playbook.

Regardless, while we wait for confirmation from the team, here is Osika's draft profile from before the 2002 draft.

Positives: Former tight end who has the short area quickness needed to step up and gain advantage coming out of his stance…Mantains balance and keeps his feet flat when positioning upon contact…Flashess aggression with his hands when delivering the punch to control his man…Anchors firmly in pass protection, developing proper technique to sink and swerve his hips in pass protection.

Negatives: Still needs to develop more lower body power…Push-&-shove type who has to use his arms better to gain movement off the snap…Does not roll his hips upon contact and stands too upright coming off the snap…Does not have the downfield quickness to wall off the linebackers when trying to make open field adjustments…Has marginal lateral agility, appearing to drag his feet, rather than sliding them.

Two-year starter at tight end before shifting to center in his junior year…Started 38 games during his career…One of the main reasons for the offense's re-emergence in 2001.

All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention…Recipient of the Don Howell Award, given to the team's outstanding offensive lineman…Started every game at center, leading the way as the offense averaged 435.3 yards per game.

  • Preseason - Bothered during the winter with a left hamstring strain.
  • Wisconsin - Cut blocked All-American defensive tackle Wendell Bryant to spring tailback Levron Williams for a 56-yard touchdown jaunt and later took down linebacker Nick Greisen on QB Antwaan Randle El's 4-yard scoring lob to Aaron Hamilton as the offense generated 614 yards, including 437 on the ground.
  • Northwestern - Out in front, delivering a roll block on linebacker Billy Silva to give Randle El time to spot Williams with a 27-yard scoring strike as the team piled up 542 yards.
  • Michigan State - Leveled linebacker Josh Thornhill on Williams' 80-yard touchdown run as the Hoosiers amassed 498 yards rushing.
  • Purdue - His cut block on defensive tackle Matt Mitrione cleared the way for a 9-yard scoring run by Randle El in a 13-7 decision.
  • Kentucky - Upended sack artist Dennis Johnson on Randle El's 19-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Roby as the offense gained 426 yards.

Winner of the Don Howell Award in his first year on the offensive line…Moved to center from tight end in spring drills, responding with 70 key blocks/knockdowns for an offense that averaged 439.5 yards per game.

Appeared in every game, starting ten contests at tight end…Caught 11 passes for 100 yards (9.1 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.

Played in ten games as a true freshman, starting six games at tight end…Finished with five catches for 81 yards (16.2 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.

4.88 in the 40-yard dash…4.5 in the 20-yard shuttle…29-inch vertical jump…9'0" broad jump…405-pound bench press…Bench presses 225 pounds 21 times…32 1/8-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…20 Wonderlic score.

A very athletic two-way player at Hobart (Ind.) High…Played both tight end and outside linebacker and was a first-team all-state selection following both his junior and senior seasons…Selected to the Bloomington Herald-Times Top 33 all-state team following his senior campaign…As a senior in 1997, he had 20 receptions for 600 yards and 5 touchdowns…On defense, tallied 85 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and 5 sacks…Was selected as a preseason All-American by PrepStar in 1997…Also participated on his high school track team and competed in the 200-meter dash (22.0), high jump (6'4"), hurdles, and throwing events (59'0" shot put, 175'0" discus)…Was only the third freshman in the history of Hobart High School to start on the varsity…graduated with a 3.6 grade point average and ranked in the top 15 percent of his high school graduating class.

Public Management major…Son of Jan and Dan Osika…Born Daniel Craig Osika on 12/4/79…Resides in Hobart, Ind.

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