The Browns traded back up into the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and selected Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jason Pinkston today with the 150th overall pick.
The Browns traded their two sixth-round picks (Nos. 168 and 170) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 150th overall selection. They then took Pinkston at No. 150. Following the trade, the Browns' only remaining pick is in the seventh round (No. 248).
The 6-foot-3, 317-pound Pinkston started a combined 26 games at left tackle tackle during the past two seasons. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he'll probably put Pinkston at guard when practices begin, though Shurmur said he believes Pinkston can play tackle, too.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pinkston was a Steelers fan. After being selected by the Browns, he said he'll donate his Steelers apparel to Goodwill.
After the Browns drafted Pinkston, he participated in a conference call with local reporters. Here is a transcript from the interview:
Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston conference call 4-30-11
(On his hometown of Pittsburgh and if he’s okay with coming to Cleveland) -- “Yes, I’ll be there. Can’t wait to get there.”
(On the kind of player he is) -- “I’m a hard worker. I love football. It’s my life. I love running the ball. I love drive-blocking people. Whatever I can do to help the team win, I’m going to do it.”
(On growing up in Pittsburgh and the Browns/Steelers rivalry) -- “I grew up a Steelers fan. I grew up watching them all my life. I love them but it’s on to a business now and I’m a Cleveland Brown.”
(On going up against teammate and fellow Browns draft pick Jabaal Sheard in practice) -- “I did block Jabaal sometimes. I had some pretty good battles with him. He’s a great player and I can’t wait to keep working with him and transition to another team with Jabaal.”
(On fitting better at right tackle or left tackle) -- “It doesn’t matter. I’m not going to get caught up in that.”
(On meeting with the Browns) -- “I met with their offensive line coach at the combine but that was it.”
(On how he describes himself as a player) -- “I’m a hard worker. I’ve been in a pro-style offense with Coach Tony Wise, who’s been my offensive line coach for a long time. We ran a lot of power football. Some of our blocking schemes are very similar to the Cleveland Browns. Our coaches actually know each other very well, Coach Wise and the offensive line coach now. I’m a hard worker. I love football. I love playing offensive line. I’m a former defensive lineman. I’m ready to go here and get back to work.”
(On a shoulder injury that didn’t allow him to lift at the combine) -- “Both of my shoulders were cleared. I did not have to go back out to the combine for another evaluation. I benched at Pro Day and I did 22 reps so my shoulders are fine and cool.”
(On his relationship with his cousin Todd Pinkston and if they have talked about the NFL) -- “I’m not that close with him. He’s a distant cousin. That’s it. I haven’t talked to him at all about it.”
(On being listed size at 317 lbs. and maybe getting bigger) -- “I can get bigger if I need to. It’s not a problem at all.”
(On if he can step in and start right away) -- “I’m going to just come in and do my part and do it the best I can, playing offensive line, learning the playbook and getting things done like that. I’ll try to follow the lead of the older veterans on the team and if I can get in and play right away, I’m definitely up for it.”
(On what he’ll do with the Steelers gear he’s accumulated over the years) -- “I’m donating it to Goodwill.”