Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan had a private workout with the Browns last week, a league source told the Beacon Journal today.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Ryan started all 26 games the past two seasons for the Scarlet Knights. NFLDraftScout.com projects him as a second- or third-round pick.
Last season as a junior, Ryan compiled 94 tackles, 17 pass breakups, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. As a sophomore, he had 67 tackles, 13 pass breakups, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The Browns need a cornerback capable of starting opposite Joe Haden and have not landed one in free agency. They signed Chris Owens and Kevin Barnes this offseason, but both of them have served primarily as backups throughout their careers.
Pro Football Weekly’s annual draft preview lists Ryan’s average speed as a negative. In February, he posted a time of 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. But the draft guide also describes him as “a better football player than tester” and projects him as a solid No. 2 corner.