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NFL Draft 2011: Notes about the Browns' second- and fourth-round selections

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns drafted Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard (No. 37) and North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little (No. 59) in the second round and USC tight end Jordan Cameron (No. 102) and Stanford fullback Owen Marecic (No. 124) in the fourth round. The Browns distributed the following notes about each player:

Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard


  • With the selections of Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor (21st overall) and Sheard (37thoverall), the Browns used their top two draft choices on defensive linemen for the first time in franchise history.

  • Sheard is the 13th player drafted by the Browns from the University of Pittsburgh. The last Panthers player selected by the Browns was punter Brian Greenfield in the 10th round (252nd overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft.

  • He now joins Dave Puzzuoli (1983, sixth round, 149th overall) as the only defensive linemen drafted by the Browns from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Sheard is the first Browns player drafted with the 37th overall pick since the inception of the common draft in 1967.

  • He is the first defensive lineman selected by the Browns in the second round since Dan Footman was taken with the 42nd selection of the 1993 NFL Draft.


North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little


  • Little is the third player selected by the Browns with the 59th overall pick since the inception of the common draft in 1967.  The previous two were running back Montario Hardesty (2009) and defensive back Sean Jones (2004).

  • Little is the ninth player from the University of North Carolina drafted by the Browns and the first since defensive lineman Elijah Austin was selected in the 12th round (308th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft.

  • Browns tight ends coach Steve Hagen held the same position at North Carolina during the 2007-08 seasons, when Little was a freshman and sophomore.

  • The Browns have drafted at least one wide receiver in the past seven drafts.


USC tight end Jordan Cameron


  • Cameron is the 17th player from USC drafted by the Browns and the first since linebacker Kaluka Maiava in 2009. He joins Scott Galnraith (seventh round in 1990) as the only USC tight ends selected by the Browns.

  • He is the first tight end drafted by the Browns since 2008 when they picked Martin Rucker in the fourth round.

  • He originally attended BYU on a basketball scholarship and also spent the 2008-09 season on the USC basketball team. He appeared in three games with the Trojans.

  • Cameron’s brother, Colby, currently is a quarterback at Louisiana Tech and his sister, Brynn, was a guard on the USC women’s basketball team from 2005-09.


Stanford fullback Owen Marecic


  • Marecic played on both sides of the ball as a fullback and linebacker at Stanford. In a span of 13 seconds on consecutive plays from scrimmage, he scored a touchdown on both offense and defense against Notre Dame in 2010. He first scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge and then returned an interception 20 yards for a score on the next play. He totaled 11 career touchdowns with nine rushing, one receiving and one on an interception return.

  • Marecic played at Stanford with Browns tight end Evan Moore during the 2007 season.

  • He is the ninth player from Stanford drafted by the Browns and the first since defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo was a sixth round pick in 2006.

  • Marecic is the first fullback drafted by the Browns since Lawrence Vickers was a sixth-round choice in 2007.

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