The Browns selected San Diego State cornerback Leon McFadden tonight in the third round (No. 68 overall) of the NFL Draft.
The 5-foot-10, 193-pound McFadden started all 39 games in the past three seasons and 45 of the 51 games in which he appeared in college. McFadden compiled eight interceptions in his career, including three this past season. He compiled 61 tackles and a forced fumble as a senior in 2012.
Three notable quarterbacks – Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib, Southern California’s Matt Barkley, and North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon – were on the board. Louisiana State cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, otherwise known as “Honey Badger,” was also available, and the Arizona Cardinals nabbed him with the next pick, No. 69 overall.
The Browns had a dire need for a starting cornerback and addressed the position by taking McFadden. His father, Leon, played baseball for the Houston Astros’ organization.