The Browns have shown a number of specific interests as they target rookie free agents. While the team's pursuit of running backs isn't unexpected, they have also been looking at a number of linebackers.
In addition to team's interest in Florida Linebacker Brian Crum, reported by the OBR on Monday, the Browns have also invited LB Mike Alston (Toledo), Funtaine Hunter (Vanderbilt), and Dustin Hertel (DePauw) to the team's rookie camp. Hertel was a defensive lineman at small-college DePauw and may possibly try out at linebacker, while Hunter is more likely to get a look as a defensive back.
Scout.com's Tony Pauline also tells the OBR this evening that the team has invited North Carolina linebacker Patrick Lowery to the team's rookie camp. The 6-1, 244 pound Lowery was named an All-ACC linebacker honorable mention after the 2006 season.
Lowery was a co-team captain for the Wolfpack this season, led the team in tackles and ranked fifth in the ACC at 8.5 tackles a game while starting all 12 games at middle linebacker.
The team's rookie camp will be open to the media for brief periods on Friday and Saturday, at which point we'll be able to report with greater certainty about where players are getting played. The team has not officially announced any rookie free agent signings, and players reported to be signed by local papers will occasionally fail physicals or overstate the team's interest.