The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year deal with rookie fullback Brad Smelley, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.
The Browns drafted Smelley in the seventh round (247th overall) out of Alabama. They believe the 6-foot-2, 233-pound Smelley has the ability to play fullback and tight end.
“His value’s as kind of an all-purpose fullback/tight end-type guy,” coach Pat Shurmur said after the Browns picked Smelley. “He can play in the backfield. In the National Championship game, if you see, I think he caught like the first three balls. He’s got good instincts. He was in the Senior Bowl. He’s one of those hybrid-type guys. We feel good about him. He’s got good hands, good instincts. He can play in the backfield or on the line.”
Smelley started 10 of 13 games last season as a senior. A college teammate of new Browns running back Trent Richardson, Smelley had a team-high seven catches in the BCS National Championship game against Louisiana State.