Wednesday, February 10, 1999

Browns Draft Capsules




        CANTON, Ohio — Capsules of the players selected by the Cleveland Browns in the expansion draft held Tuesday. Players listed in draft order with height, weight, experience and college.

        Jim Pyne, c, Detroit, 6-2, 297, 5, Virginia Tech

        Signed with Lions as unrestricted free agent in 1998 and started all 16 games at center. Played first four pro seasons with Tampa Bay, starting at guard from 1995-97. Also saw time as long snapper. Helped meld Bucs' rushing game, which resulted in Pro Bowl berths for RBs Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott in 1997.

        Hurvin McCormack, de, Dallas, 6-5, 284, 4, Indiana

        Started one of 16 games in which he appeared this past season. Registered 22 tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery on the year. Top game came at Washington (Oct. 4) when he had three tackles, including two sacks. Earned Super Bowl ring as member of 1995 Cowboys when he played in all but one regular-season game.

        Scott Rehberg, ot, New England, 6-8, 330, 2, Central Michigan

        Saw action in two games in 1998. Appeared in six games during rookie year of 1997.

        Damon Gibson, wr, Cincinnati, 5-9, 184, 1, Iowa

        Split time as wide receiver and kick returner in first season. Had 19 catches for 258 yards (13.6) and three touchdowns, including career-best 76-yard score at Tennessee (Oct. 18). Saved best performance for Denver Broncos (Nov. 1), hauling in three receptions for 66 yards and touchdown. Also returned 27 punts for 218 yards (8.1), including 65-yard touchdown. In addition, returned 17 kickoffs for 372 yards (21.9).

        Steve Gordon, c, San Francisco, 6-3, 288, 7, California

        Saw action in 13 games in 1998 while starting one — Originally selected by New England in 10th round in 1992. Participated in 49ers training camps from 1995-97, making it to final cuts in each camp.

        Tarek Saleh, lb, Carolina, 6-1, 240, 2, Wisconsin

        Played in 11 games this past season, making one start and posting seven tackles. Also returned kickoff eight yards. Appeared in three contests as rookie, recording first NFL sack in season finale vs. St. Louis on Dec. 20.

        Jeff Buckley, g, Miami, 6-5, 305, 3, Stanford

        Played in seven games in 1998. Has played in 38 games, and started 13 in career. Started at left guard in Dolphins' 17-3 Wild Card playoff loss at New England, Dec. 28, 1997.

        Jason Kyle, lb, Seattle, 6-3, 242, 4, Arizona St.

        Saw action in all 16 games in 1998, making five tackles. In 1996, played in 16 games and was third on Seahawks with 17 special teams tackles.

        Rod Manuel, de, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 295, 2, Oklahoma.

Saw action in two games in 1998, recording one tackle.

        Lenoy Jones, lb, Tennessee, 6-1, 228, 3, Texas Christian

        Appeared in nine games in 1998 and had five tackles. Collected career-high 26 tackles, along with five passes defensed, one forced fumble and sack in 1997. Broke up a Troy Aikman pass with six minutes remaining on fourth-and-four at the Oilers 15 to help preserve win at Dallas on Nov. 27.

        Tim McTyer, cb, Philadelphia, 5-11, 181, 2, Brigham Young

        Appeared in all 16 games with one start in 1998. Had 32 solo tackles, a fumble recovery and interception. Saw action in 10 games in 1997 mostly on special teams where he made eight tackles.

        Elijah Alexander, lb, Indianapolis, 6-2, 237, 7, Kansas State

        Played in 13 games in 1998, starting nine. Tied for fifth on Colts in total tackles (75, 49 solo). Also added an interception (12-yard return), three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. Ranked third on Colts in 1997 in total tackles (91) and solo tackles (49). Had an interception and sack for a loss of 12 yards. Added seven total tackles, four solo, and two pressures in playoffs. Originally a 10th-round choice of Tampa Bay in 1992, played from 1993-95 with Denver.

        Pete Swanson, ot, Kansas City, 6-5, 307, 1, Stanford

        Did not see any action in 1998. Former collegiate nose tackle who spent season developing skills on offensive side of ball. Spent 1997 on practice squad as offensive tackle.

        Gerome Williams, s, San Diego, 6-2, 210, 2, Houston

        Appeared in 16 games in 1998, posting 12 tackles (10 solo). In 1997 rookie season, played in six games on special teams and in Chargers' dime package. Finished year with four tackles on defense and three on special teams.

        Marlon Forbes, s, Chicago, 6-1, 215, 3, Penn St.

        Originally signed as undrafted free agent in 1995, Forbes started two of 16 games he played in 1998, making 22 tackles. Appeared in all 16 games previous season, recording career-high 28 tackles and five pass break-ups. Also finished fifth on special teams with 12 tackles. Played 15 games on special teams as rookie.

        Justin Armour, wr, Denver, 6-4, 209, 4, Stanford

        Appeared in seven games in 1998 and caught one pass for 23 yards. In rookie season (1995) with Buffalo, played in 15 games and made 8 starts, ranking fourth on team with 26 receptions for 300 yards (11.6 avg.) and 3 TDs.

        Paul Wiggins, ot, Washington, 6-3, 305, 2, Oregon

        Appeared in one game in 1998. Played in one regular-season game in 1997 at right tackle.

        Duane Butler, s, Minnesota, 6-1, 203, 2, Illinois St.

        Played in 14 games and saw action in both the NFC Divisional playoff and NFC Championship Game for the Vikings. Finished 1997 with seven total special teams tackles.

        Fred Brock, wr, Arizona, 5-11, 185, 3, Southern Mississippi

        Appeared in 12 games in 1998, recording two catches for 12 yards. After spending rookie year on practice squad, debuted in 1997, catching one pass in two games while splitting time between active, inactive, and practice squad status.

        Kory Blackwell, cb, N.Y. Giants, 5-11, 185, 1, Massachusetts

        Played in five games for New York in 1998. Credited with two special teams tackles vs. Washington in season opening 31-24 win Sept. 6. Was allocated to the NFL Europe League Scottish Claymores in 1998. Had two tackles for Giants in 1997 preseason before being waived. Signed to 53-man roster before playoff game vs. Minnesota, Dec. 27, 1997, but was inactive.

        Kevin Devine, cb, Jacksonville, 5-9, 179, 2, California

        Contributed two tackles and an interception in five games in 1998. One of only two undrafted rookies to make Jaguars 1997 opening day roster. Totaled eight tackles and two pass deflections on defense and nine tackles on special teams. Saw action on special teams during Wild Card playoff at Denver, Dec. 27, 1997.

        Ray Jackson, cb, Buffalo, 5-10, 189, 3, Colorado St.

        Appeared in 14 games, making 18 tackles and grabbing two interceptions in past season. In sophomore campaign, saw action in nine games, mostly on special teams. Selected by Bills in fifth round of 1996 draft.

        Jim Bundren, g, N.Y. Jets, 6-3, 303, 1, Clemson

        Claimed off waivers by Jets from Miami on Aug. 31, 1998. Making switch from college tackle to guard on NFL level.

        Ben Cavil, g, Balitmore, 6-2, 310, 2, Oklahoma

        Started six games in 1998 after starting eight contests his rookie season. Originally signed by San Diego in 1995, then spent year on Philadelphia practice squad.

        Michael Blair, rb, Green Bay, 5-11, 245, 1, Ball St.

        Opened season with Cincinnati before being picked up by Green Bay, where he appeared in 11 games. Had one rush and one reception for Cincinnati. Had two rushes and two receptions for Packers.

        Antonio Anderson, dt, Dallas, 6-6, 318, 2, Syracuse

        Played in five games, in addition to Wild Card game vs. Arizona, this season. As the Cowboys fourth-round pick (101st overall) in 1997, enjoyed successful rookie year. Played in all 16 contests, starting in five. Made 40 tackles, including two sacks, most by a Dallas rookie since 1991.

        Orlando Bobo, g, Minnesota, 6-3, 299, 2, Northeast Louisiana

        Saw action in four games in 1998 for Vikings. In 1997, Minnesota was 4-2 in games he played.

        James Williams, lb, San Francisco, 6-0, 246, 8, Mississippi State

        Played in 15 games in 1998, making 13 tackles (12 solo). Also saw action in both Wild Card and Divisional playoffs games. In 1997, had career-high four special teams tackles at Atlanta (Oct. 19). Matched that with four special teams stops following week at New Orleans. Racked up career-high 15 tackles and one forced fumble against Houston (Sept. 3) in 1995. Earned NFC Defensive Player of Week honors in 1994 after scoring first NFL touchdown with 33-yard interception return against New York Giants (Oct. 2).

        Scott Milanovich, qb, Tampa Bay, 6-3, 220, 3, Maryland

        Completed two of three attempts for nine yards in 1996 in only NFL action.

        Eric Stokes, s, Seattle, 5-11, 200, 2, Nebraska

        Appeared in four games in 1998. Played primarily on special teams in 1997, making eight total stops including three tackles inside 20 (tied for second on team). Recorded three tackles in season finale vs. San Francisco on Dec. 21.

        Ronald Moore, rb, Miami, 5-10, 220, 6, Pittsburgh St.

        Started one game in 1998, rushing for 12 yards on four carries with one catch for a yard. Career totals include 620 carries for 2,198 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Led Arizona with 1,018 yards rushing as rookie in 1993. Scored four touchdowns vs. LA Rams on Dec. 5, 1993, becoming fifth rookie in NFL history to accomplish feat in a game.

        Clarence Williams, rb, Buffalo, 6-1, 286, 1, Florida State

        Only action during rookie season occurred in regular-season finale versus New Orleans (Dec. 27) when he carried twice for five yards.

        Freddie Solomon, wr, Philadelphia, 5-10, 180, 3, South Carolina St.

        Had 21 catches for 193 yards, including one touchdown in 1998. In first game of 1997, made first TD catch of career — a two-yarder with 1:56 remaining from QB Ty Detmer that gave Eagles 10-9 victory over defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay.

        Brandon Sanders, db, N.Y. Giants, 5-9, 185, 2, Arizona.

Saw action in 13 games in 1998, registering 12 tackles on the season. Had three tackles in 20-3 loss at Tampa Bay, 10/4. Special teams standout who made Giants as free agent in 1997. Played in 12 games, mostly in nickel situations.

        Mike Thompson, nt, Cincinnati, 6-4, 295, 2, Wisconsin

        Played in nine games during 1998 stint with Cincinnati, recording seven tackles. Assisted on two tackles, including sack, vs. Green Bay on Sept. 20. Drafted by Jacksonville in fourth round in 1995, appearing in two games.

        Jerris McPhail, rb, Detroit, 5-11, 198, 3, East Carolina

        Running back who converted to wide receiver prior to 1998. Appeared in three games, with six kickoff returns for 71 yards. Spent first two years with Miami, enjoying most successful season in 1997 by rushing 17 times for 146 yards and catching 34 passes for 262 yards. In addition to scoring two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving), owned team-high receiving totals among backs. Also returned 15 kickoffs for a 20.9-yard average. Played in nine games with one start as rookie, finishing with six rushes for 28 yards and 20 catches for 282 yards while returning 15 kickoffs for 22.3-yard average.

        Antonio Langham, db, San Francisco, 6-0, 184, 5, Alabama

        Posted 34 tackles for 49ers in 1998. Appeared in 11 games (starting six), including both Wild Card and Divisional playoff games. Started all 16 games for the Cleveland Browns in 1994 and 1995. Set career highs in 1995 with 88 tackles (69 solo), 13 passes defensed, and two interceptions.

       



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