Continuing the east coast flavor, the Browns dealt up 3 spots with Jacksonville, giving up LB Wali Rainer, to select Maryland C Melvin Fowler. The 6-3, 295 pound senior has started every game after an injury-plagued redshirt freshman year. The following is from Rob "Boomer" Rang's site:
"One of the more underrated interior lineman in the country over the course of the past few seasons. Fowler came to Maryland on scholarship as a defensive lineman, but after a rash of injuries during his redshirt freshman season, he was moved to center. He hasn't looked back. Starting and finishing every game since then, Fowler has developed into one of the finer centers in the country. Despite the fact that Maryland has enjoyed a very strong running attack over the past few seasons (Lamont Jordan's tenure), Fowler is best known for his pass blocking skills. Isn't the typical power plug center that utilizes great leg drive and leverage to push the opposition out of the way. However, he is extremely quick off the snap, and instead makes the block with intelligence, positioning, and superior quickness. Not a high, high choice, at this time, but a player whose durability, prototype size, intelligence, and prime time experience will likely make him a solid pro."