Berea – The Browns said one of their three priorities heading into the draft was to get a change of pace back. The Browns are looking for someone who can spell Reuben Droughns and catch the ball out of the backfield.
They turned to a Ghost to fill the need.
Jerome Harrison from Washington State was nicknamed Ghost for the way he seemed to disappear for long runs coming out of the backfield. The 5-9, 199 pound back rushed for 1,900 yards last fall and totaled 2,800 yards in just 16 starts at Washington State.
"I loved (the nickname) and hope to carry the Ghost to Cleveland," he said. "I had a couple of decent runs and the defensive coordinator started calling me that and it stuck."
Harrison was ranked third in the nation in both rushing (172.7 ypg) and all-purpose yardage (192 ypg). He also was the sixth highest running back listed by Scout.com.
Harrison describes his physical stature helps him on the field.
"I make people miss and play with a low center of gravity," he said. "I have good balance and play hard. I play to win."
Being a bit slight in stature, Harrison was not daunted by the fact.
"I'm a little undersized, but when you carry the ball 300 times and have no injuries or serious setbacks, I think you can throw (the size factor) out the window."
To say Harrison was productive would be an understatement as he rushed for over 100 yards in the final 14 games he played for the Cougars, including four games where he went over the 200-yard mark.
Harrison also caught 34 passes for 275 yards while at Washington State and totaled 65 receptions for 574 yards in his career. Harrison spent his first two seasons at Pasadena (Cal.) City College.
"Reuben Droughns is a great back," he said. "I don't mind coming in and spelling him or being a third down back or whatever I'm asked to do."
Harrison said he is accustomed to catching the ball.
"I'm going to be able to catch the ball," he said. "I think I can be an asset to the Browns because I can create mismatches if they put me in the slot."
Harrison is eager to take his game to the next level.
"I'm glad for the opportunity to play for the Browns," he said. "I worked hard in the off-season--very hard. I took it very seriously because I wanted to play at the next level.
"The Browns have given me the opportunity and I want to make the most of it."