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NFL Draft 2011: Browns select North Carolina WR Greg Little with 59th overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011
Greg Little runs the 40-yard dash during North Carolina's annual football pro timing day in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2011. The participant list included Little, Marvin Austin, and Robert Quinn, who were at the center of the NCAA investigation into the football program. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Browns selected North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little tonight with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

The NCAA suspended Little for the entire 2010 season after he accepted diamond earrings and travel accommodations from agents.

As a junior in 2009, the 6-foot-2, 219-pound Little caught 62 passes for 724 yards and five touchdowns. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Little should fit well in his West Coast offense because he's a physical player who can beat bump-and-run coverage.

"He's extremely good at catching the football, and when he's in a crowd or he hasn't created separation, he'll fight for the ball and make a catch," Shurmur said. "He's got a lot of what you're looking for, he finds a way to separate and he's got size. If you just watch him, he finds a way to get into the end zone."

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert echoed Shurmur's praise of Little.

"He's tough," Heckert said. "I think that's one of the big positives I saw in Greg. When he catches the ball, he tries to hurt you. He's really good in that aspect."


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