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Browns NFL Draft Capsules

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - A look at the players chosen by the Cleveland Browns in the 2002 NFL draft, listing name, position, college, overall selection in draft, height, weight and hometown.

  • Round 1:
    William Green, running back, Boston College (No. 16), 6-foot, 221 pounds. Slashing runner, who can power through holes when he needs to. ... Skipped final college season. ... First running back selected in draft. ... Rated along with Michigan State's T.J. Duckett at top of most team's boards. ... Ran for 1,559 yards and 15 TDs last season, finishing his career third in school history with 2,974 yards and 33 TDs. ... Also had 23 receptions in 2001. ... Scored four TDs on runs over 58 yards last season. ... Rushed for 149 yards and scored game-winning TD in Music City Bowl win over Georgia. ... Tragic childhood. Both parents died of AIDS before he turned 14 and he was raised in tough projects of Atlantic City, N.J., by his grandmother. ... Suspended for one game in each of past two seasons for violating team rules at BC. ... Turned some teams off with slow time -- 4.57 seconds -- in 40-yard dash at Indianapolis combine. ... Has a 2-year-old daughter. ... Being treated for ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disorder.
  • Round 2:
    Andre Davis, wide receiver, Virginia Tech (No. 47), 6-foot-1, 194 pounds. Blazing up-field speed. ... Uncanny ability to separate from defender with quick burst. ... Good size. Not afraid to make catch in crowd. ... Also returns kicks. ... Fourth straight wideout taken in second round by Browns in past four drafts. ... Set school record for punt-return yardage, average and TDs. ... Member of track team in college, anchoring Tech's 4 X 100 relay team. ... Led Hokies with 39 catches for 623 yards and seven TDs in 2001. ... Averaged 116 all-purpose yards per game. ... Had five catches for 158 yards, including 55-yard TD in Gator Bowl against Florida State. ... Three-time All-Academic Big East selection. ... Played soccer in high school until junior year.
  • Round 3:
    Melvin Fowler Jr., center, Maryland (No. 76), 6-foot-2, 300 pounds. Massive run blocker, who can play any position on offensive line. ... Browns considered taking him in second round. ... Has not allowed a sack in the past three years. ... Started all 44 games at Maryland. ... Received highest blocking grade (87.4 percent) of any Division I lineman in 2001. ... Shifted from nose guard to center just 10 days before season opener in 1998. ... Redshirted his freshman (1997) year at Maryland. ... Youngest of nine children.
  • Round 4:
    Kevin Bentley, linebacker, Northwestern (No. 101), 6-foot, 243 pounds. Second-team All-Big Ten in 2001. ... Led Wildcats with 147 tackles. ... A little undersized. ... Uses low build to his advantage. ... Playmaker, who has knack for getting to ball. ... Browns plan to initially use him on weak side. ... Emotional leader. ... Played outside for Wildcats, but tough enough to go inside. ... Models himself as player with Miami's Zach Thomas. ... Browns impressed by how well he tested at combine. ... Fullback and linebacker in high school (Montclair, Calif).
  • Round 4:
    Ben Taylor, linebacker, Virginia Tech (No. 111), 6-foot-1, 236 pounds. All-Big East in 2001. ... Semi-finalist for Butkus Award, given to nation's top linebacker. ... Hard-hitter. ... Relentless pursuer from sideline to sideline. ... Special teams star with Hokies. ... Played weak side in college, but Browns plan to use him on strong side. ... From Bellaire, Ohio, but rooted for Pittsburgh growing up. ... Not heavily recruited in high school, sent a homemade videotape to schools with highlights of his best plays. ... Finalist for Ohio's "Mr. Football" award as senior.
  • Round 4:
    Darnell Sanders, tight end, Ohio State (No. 122), 6-foot-5, 267 pounds. Surprise pick. ... Skipped his senior year with Buckeyes. ... Caught just 42 passes in three years and didn't start until second year. ... Good hands. ... Solid blocker. ... Two of three TD catches came in final game -- Outback Bowl -- last season. ... Impressed Browns with his toughness by continuing his personal workout after pulling a hamstring. ... Ran only 4.82 40-yard dash. ... Played quarterback and strong safety in high school.
  • Round 5:
    Andra Davis, linebacker, Florida (No. 141), 6-foot, 244 pounds. Versatile playmaker. ... Butkus semifinalist. ... Led Gators with 107 tackles. ... Often compared to New England's Ted Johnson. ... Likely to play inside. ... Excellent instincts. ... Big hitter, who may have to come out on passing downs. ... First name pronounced (on-DRAY) ... Best friends with Browns defensive tackle Gerard Warren, who is the godfather of Davis' baby daughter. ... Will help special teams.
  • Round 6:
    No selection. Traded pick to Oakland and moved up to take Sanders.
  • Round 7:
    Joaquin Gonzalez, offensive tackle, Miami (No. 227), 6-foot-3, 308 pounds. Classic overachiever was walk-on for Browns coach Butch Davis at Miami. ... Grew up in shadow of Orange Bowl and dreamed of playing for Miami. ... Set school record by starting in 49 games. ... Emotional leader of Hurricanes national championship team. ... Allowed only two sacks in career. ... May play guard in NFL. ... One of record 11 Hurricanes taken in draft. ... Earned MBA with 3.79 grade point average. ... Cried when Davis called to tell he had been drafted by Browns.

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