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Browns sign first-round pick Phil Taylor

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 2, 2011
Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor poses for photographs after he was selected as the 21st overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

The Browns have signed rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor, the team announced this evening.

The Browns selected Taylor out of Baylor University in the first round (21st overall) of this year's draft. He compiled 62 tackles and two sacks last season as a senior.

"We are very happy that we were able to sign Phil and now have all eight draft picks under contract," Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said in a statement. " It was important to get him in here when we did, and I want to thank (Taylor's agent) Peter Schaffer for all of his help in getting this deal done.

"It is apparent that Phil kept himself in excellent shape since we drafted him and he told us he can’t wait to get started.  He will be in meetings with the rest of the players tonight and jump right into the mix when we are back on the field Thursday."

Taylor, 6-foot-3 and about 335 pounds, has missed the team's first four practices of training camp. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he and his assistant coaches will work hard to get Taylor up to speed.

When asked how long Taylor will have to wait before practicing with the first-team defense, Shurmur said, "He’s going to get in there. When he gets in town, he’s going to get in there. That’s for sure."

Click here to read a recent profile about Taylor and how the Browns made the decision to draft him.

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