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Mangini enjoys mining for diamonds in the rough

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2010

The Browns draft picks aren't the only players involved in Cleveland's rookie minicamp this weekend.

In addition to the Joe Haden's and Colt McCoy's, Browns head coach Eric Mangini enjoys mining for the so-called "diamonds in the rough" among the team's group of undrafted free agents also participating.

"I love it, I really do," Mangini said. "One of the things I show to the rookies the first night is a list of guys who have been drafted high and haven't achieved what the expectations were  and then all the guys who were undrafted guys and (went on to) play 10, 12 years or had incredible careers."

Mangini pointed to former free-agent players like former Brown Rick Lyle and former New York Jets Wallace Wright.

"Lyle played 10 years in the NFL as an undrafted free agent," he said. "Wright was a tryout guy from the weekend (who) just kept taking people's spots.

"Mike DeVito, Jason Trusnik...Wayne Chrebet, there's a ton of them."

Not to forget the Browns current free agent poster boy: Josh Cribbs.


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