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Browns Sign Four Draft Choices To Four-Year Deals

Second-round selection LB Jackson, fourth-rounder choices LB Williams and OL Sowells, and

fifth-round selection RB Harrison signed through 2009 season

The Cleveland Browns signed second-round draft choice LB D'Qwell Jackson, fourth-round selections LB Leon Williams and OL Isaac Sowells, and fifth-round selection RB Jerome Harrison each to a four-year contract through the 2009 season, the team announced today.  Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. 

Jackson (6-0, 228, Maryland), played in 48 games, including 34 starts and was the seventh player in school history to record over 400 tackles.  Jackson, who was the 34th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, finished his collegiate career ranked fourth with 447 tackles, and added 10.5 sacks for 62 yards, 24 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, one recovered fumble, six interceptions, eight passes defensed and one blocked kick.

As a senior in 2005, Jackson was a first-team All-American selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as he led the conference with 137 tackles, including 56 solo, ranked second on the team with four sacks for 19 yards, and led the defense with six and one-half tackles for loss.  He also added two interceptions, one pass defensed and one quarterback pressure.

Williams (6-2, 238, Miami), who was the 110th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, played in 47 games with the Hurricanes and started six games, and recorded 146 tackles, including 80 solo, two and one-half sacks for 27 yards, 12.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.  Williams played both inside and outside linebacker and was also a key contributor on special teams with 36 tackles.

As a senior in 2005, Williams was a Butkus Awards semifinalist and played in every game with 54 tackles, 35 solo, with three and one-half tackles for loss, two passes defensed and one recovered fumble.  Williams helped the Miami defense rank fourth in the nation in total defense (270.1 yards per game).

Sowells (6-3, 324, Indiana), who was the 112th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, was a three-year starter who played in 27 games at left tackle at the University of Indiana.  As a senior in 2005, Sowells started each game at left tackle and helped the Hoosiers average 350.8 yards of offense per game.  Sowells moved into the starting left tackle position as a sophomore.

Harrison (5-9, 199, Washington State), who was the 145th overall selection in the 2006, NFL Draft, finished his college career by playing two seasons at Washington State after transferring from Pasadena City Junior College (Calif.).  In two seasons at Washington State, Harrison played in 22 games, including 16 starts and totaled 2,800 yards on 482 carries (5.8 vg.) and 25 touchdowns.  Harrison finished his collegiate career by rushing for at least 100 yards or more in his final 14 games, including four 200-yard rushing performances.

Despite playing only two seasons at Washington State, Harrison finished as the school's leader in single-season rushing yards (1,900 in 2005), second in career rushing touchdowns (25), second in single-season all-purpose yards (2,113 in 2005), fifth in career rushing yards (2,800), sixth in career rushing attempts (482) and sixth in career all-purpose yards (3,267).

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D'QWELL JACKSON  (dee-KWELL)

58

Linebacker

Height: 6-0           

Weight: 228

College: Maryland

Birthdate:  Sept. 26, 1983

How Acquired: D2 - ‘06

Year with Browns: R          

Year in NFL: R

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by Cleveland in the second round, 34th overall, in the 2006 NFL Draft.

College:  In 48 games at Maryland, started 34 contests and became only the seventh player in school history to record over 400 tackles...His 447 tackles rank fourth on the all-time record list...Finished his career with 10.5 sacks for 62 yards, 24 TFL, 15 QB pressures, 4 forced fumbles, 1 recovered fumble, 6 interceptions, 8 PBU and 1 blocked kick...In 2005, became only the second Maryland player to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors...His 24 TFL is tied for twelfth on the school's career-record list...One of only three players from Maryland to lead the team in tackles three consecutive seasons.

2005:  All-American first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News, adding second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report...All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team pick and Defensive Player of the Year...Team captain who ranked second in the nation with an average of 13.7 tackles per game...Led the team and the ACC with a career-high 137 tackles, 56 solo, ranked second on the team with 4 sacks for 19 yards and led the defense with 6.5 TFL...Also added 2 interceptions for 22 yards, 1 PBU and 1 QB pressure.

2004:  All-American first-team selection by College Football News, adding honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly...All-ACC first-team choice and team captain...Started every game at middle linebacker and led the conference with 123 tackles, 63 solo, and finished second on the team with 4 sacks for 26 yards...Added 7 TFL, 1 QB pressure, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovered fumble, 2 interceptions for 36 yards and 5 PBU.

2003:  Second-team All-ACC selection...Moved into the starting lineup at middle linebacker and led the team and ranked seventh in the conference with 136 tackles, 90 solo, 2.5 sacks for 17 yards, 7.5 TFL, 10 QB pressures, 1 forced fumble and 2 PBU...Added 2 interceptions, including a 58-yard return for TD...Also blocked a kick.

2002:  Valuable reserve who played in all 14 games, leading all freshmen defenders with 51 tackles, 38 solo, 3 TFL, 2 forced fumbles and 3 QB pressures.

Personal:  Attended Seminole (Seminole, Fla.) High School...Lettered three times in football, competing as a fullback, linebacker, quarterback and punter...First team All-State selection by the Associated Press as a junior and senior, adding first-team All-Conference, All-District and All-Sun Coast honors in his final year...All-Time Warner first-team pick and an All-Dixie region selection by Super Prep...Also garnered All-Southeast Region honors from Prep Star...Played in the prestigious Florida-Georgia All-Star game, where he led all tacklers with ten stops in a 40-13 Florida win... Seminole High went 23-4 in his last two years and made the regional finals both seasons... The 2000 team was undefeated in the regular season and finished 12-1...Recorded 91 tackles with 10 sacks as a linebacker and also rushed for 950 yards (5.7 avg.) and 13 TDs as a fullback during his senior season...Registered 150 tackles with 16 TFL, 4 forced fumbles and 4 recovered fumbles as a junior and was the quarterback in 2000...Vice president of the Varsity Lettermen's Club...Criminology and Criminal Justice major...Served as a mentor for youngsters at a Florida elementary school...Son of Debra and Willie Jackson (raised by his grandmother)...Born D'Qwell Jackson on Sept. 26, 1983 in Largo, Florida.

LEON WILLIAMS

94

Linebacker

Height: 6-2           

Weight: 238

College: Miami (Fla.)

Birthdate:  July 30, 1983

How Acquired: D4a - ‘06

Year with Browns: R          

Year in NFL: R

Career Transactions:  Originally drafted by Cleveland in the fourth round, 110th overall, in the 2006 NFL Draft.

College:  Appeared in 47 games with the Hurricanes, started six games, and recorded 146 tackles, 80 solo, 2.5 sacks for 27 yards, 12.5 TFL, 4 PBU and 1 forced fumble...Versatile player with experience at both the outside and middle linebacker positions...Also key contributor on special teams with 36 tackles on special teams.

2005:  A Butkus Award semi-finalist...Played in every game at middle linebacker and recorded 54 tackles, 35 solo, with 3.5 TFL, 2 PBU and 1 recovered fumble...Helped the team rank fourth in the nation in total defense, allowing only 270.1 yards per game...Also gained 51 yards after taking a handoff on another fumble recovery.

2004:  Recorded a career-high 56 tackles, 20 solo, 2.5 sacks for 27 yards, 8 TFL, 1 recovered fumble, 1 forced fumble and 1 PBU.

2003:  Played in every game as a reserve inside linebacker and finished with 22 tackles, 16 solo, 1 TFL and 1 PBU...Saw action on the special teams coverage units.

2002:  Played reserve middle linebacker with 14 tackles, including 9 solo...Also played on special teams.

2001: Redshirt and worked on the scout team.

Personal:  Attended Canarsie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) High School...Dubbed by Parade Magazine as the best college football prospect in the New York City area in 25 years...Earned All-American by Parade Magazine and named USA Today first-team All-American as a senior...Named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New York, and added Super Prep All-American and Elite 50 honors...As a senior linebacker, recorded 98 tackles, 12 sacks, 4 recovered fumbles and 3 interceptions...As a junior, played tight end with 20 catches for 219 yards and 3 TDs...Liberal Arts major...Son of Veronica Sims...Full name: Leon E'srom Williams...Born on July 30, 1983 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

ISAAC SOWELLS

61

Offensive Line

Height: 6-3           

Weight: 324

College: Indiana

Birthdate:  May 4, 1982

How Acquired: D4b - ‘06

Year with Browns: R          

Year in NFL: R

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by Cleveland in the fourth round, 112th overall, in the 2006 NFL Draft.

College:  Three-year starter who played in 27 games at the demanding left offensive tackle position.

2005:  Started each game at left tackle as the offense generated 3,859 yards, an average of 350.8 yards per game...Collected 73 key blocks including 7 TD-resulting blocks.

2004:  Injuries plagued his season as he started in the first four games at left tackle...Suffered a wrist injury vs. Michigan State which sidelined him for the final seven contests...Also suffered a fracture in his right arm in practice and underwent surgery to have a rod and six screws inserted.

2003:  Moved into the starting lineup at left offensive tackle...Helped the offense average 321.8 yards per game...Collected 63 knockdowns with 7 TD-resulting blocks, while participating in 967 plays, including 82 on special teams.

2002:  Played in every game and was listed second on the depth chart at left offensive guard.

2001:  Redshirted as a freshman, performing on the scout team as an offensive guard.

Personal:  Attended Doss (Louisville, Ky.) High School...Four-year starter at offensive tackle and defensive end...During his senior season, recorded 12 solo tackles against eventual Class 4A State Champion High School...Also played basketball and competed in track and field...Participant at the Kentucky State Track and Field Meet in the shot put...General Studies major...Son of Dwaina Brooks and Alfred Sowells...Born on May 4, 1982 in Louisville, Ky.

 

 

JEROME HARRISON

35

Running Back

Height: 5-9           

Weight: 199

College: Washington State

Birthdate:  Feb. 26, 1983

How Acquired: D5a - ‘06

Year with Browns: R          

Year in NFL: R

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by Cleveland in the fifth round, 145th overall, in the 2006 NFL Draft.

College:  Played two seasons at Washington State after transferring from Pasadena City Junior College (Calif.)...Played in 22 games, including 16 starts for Washington State and totaled 482 carries for 2,800 yards (5.8 avg.) and 25 TDs...Finished his career by rushing for at least 100 yards or more in his final 14 games, including four 200-yard rushing performances...Also added 34 receptions for 275 yards (8.1 avg.) and 1 TD...Finished his career at Washington State as the school's leader in single-season yards rushing (1,900), second in career rushing TDs (25), second in single-season all-purpose yards (2,113), fifth in career rushing yards (2,800), sixth in career rushing attempts (482) and sixth in all-purpose yards (3,267)...In the spring of 2005, earned the nickname "Ghost" for the way he seemed to disappear for long runs coming out of the backfield...Lettered twice (2002-03) at Pasadena City Junior College (Calif.) and gained 2,092 yards with 21 TDs on 296 rushing attempts (7.1 avg.), becoming the first player to rush for over 1,000 yards twice in a career...Also added 31 receptions for 299 yards and 1 TD.

2005:  Consensus All-American first-team selection and unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice...Ranked third in the nation in both rushing (172.7 ypg) and all-purpose yardage (192.1 ypg)...Led the Pac-10 with a school season-record 1,900 yards and 16 TDs on 308 carries (6.2 avg.)...Caught a career-high 24 passes for 206 yards (8.6 avg.) and 1 TD...Led the team in scoring with 102 points...Amassed 2,113 all-purpose yards...Ran for at least 100 yards in each of the team's eleven games, including a school record four 200-yard performances.

2004:  Transferred to Washington State and named All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention...Played in every game, starting the final five contests and led the team with 900 yards on 174 carries (5.2 avg.) and 9 TDs...Added 10 receptions for 69 yards (6.9 avg.) and returned 10 kickoffs for 172 yards and 1 punt return for 13 yards.

2003:  At Pasadena City Junior College (Calif.) named All-Mission Conference first-team selection...Named City College Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year...Rushed 174 times for 1,059 yards (6.1 avg.) and 10 TDs.

2002:  Played at Pasadena City Junior College (Calif.) and played in seven games with 790 yards on 100 carries (7.9 avg.) and 9 TDs.

2001:  Enrolled at Eastern Michigan, but failed to qualify under NCAA Proposition 48 rules.

Personal:  Attended Kalamazoo (Mich.) High School...All-American honorable mention and Detroit Free Press All-State selection as a senior...Added All-Conference first-team and All-State honorable mention during his junior year, serving as team captain during both seasons...Shattered school season-records as a senior, piling up 2,338 yards and 31 TDs...Humanities/Communications major...Son of Debbie and Jerome Purcell...Born on Feb. 26, 1983 in Kalamazoo, Mich.


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