The Cleveland Browns don't make a habit of announcing the names of rookie free agents signed by the club until they pass physicals and are present for the team's rookie came (which starts this weekend, and is open to the media on Friday and Saturday).
Unlike the team itself, players signed to contracts (and their agents) are not nearly as reticent to mention the signings to local papers, which has provided the fanatic Browns fans in the Watercooler with opportunity to sniff out a number of players who will don the orange and brown this weekend for a chance to make the team.
Here are the players who have been uncovered by the perspicacious dawgs in the Cooler:
RB Curtis Brown, Brigham Young
Brown is the Cougar's all-time leading rusher and is a three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign. Led the team in rushing as a senior, posting 201/1,010/10 and also the top pass catcher posting 62/565/3. Junior rushing totals were 1,095-yards and 14 touchdowns.
RB Tyrone Moss, Miami of Florida
Played in eight games last season, missing five with assorted injuries and suspensions. Accumulated 66/285/3 on the ground. Posted numbers of 137/701/12 as a starter in eight games during his junior campaign before tearing a knee ligament.
OT Brent Pousson, McNeese State
Three-year starter at left guard and left tackle. All-Conference selection as a senior.
RB Jerome Jackson, Michigan
Reserve running back for the Wolverines, who gained 213 yards in 28 carries during his senior year, with two touchdowns. Jackson scored eight touchdowns during his four-year college career.
WR Willy Idlette, Wake Forest
Wide reciever and punter returner for the Demon Deacons, who had 37 receptions in 2006 for 511 yards. Returned 22 punts for 202 yards in 2006, and ran back 93 punts over his career at Wake Forest.
LB Funtaine Hunter, Vanderbilt
Highly rated (three-star) OLB in the Scout.com draft database, Hunter is a former tailback who came back from a 2004 knee injury to win the team's "Hustle Award" as a junior. Ran a 4.43 40 in his Pro Day at Vandy and may get a look as a defensive back.
DE Dustin Hertel, DePauw
Football Gazette D-III defensive lineman of the year, but isn't big enough to play that position with the Browns. Will probably get a look-see at linebacker.
FB Bryson Davis, Mississippi State
Big blocker who has rushed the ball only 20 times over a 27 game career, although he has pulled down 29 passes for slightly over 200 yards.
LB Mike Alston, Toledo
One of the MAC's best pass rushers, the 6-2, 230-pound Alston hails from Columbus and was named first-team All-MAC his junior and senior years by CollegeFootballNews.com.
PK Jon Peattie, Miami
Rated a two-star kicker by Scout.com. Somewhat inconsistent but has good distance, knocking through 50 and 55-yard field goals during his Senior campaign.
TE Lawrence Tilly, Mississippi
The blocking TE signed a tryout contract with the Browns after catching three passes for 20 yards his senior year.
OL Scott Stephenson
The Hawkeye center was named All-Big 12 his junior year and will try to take advantage of the Browns thin depth chart at center.
FB Deriontae Taylor, Louisville
Played linebacker and running back for the Cardinals, handling the ball only seven times during his college career. Nonetheless, will try out at fullback for the Browns.
OL Rick Drushal, Wooster
Small-school left tackle (6-4, 295lb) was part of a senior class that won more games (32) than any other in Wooster history.