The Browns drafted Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine, pictured above, today in the fifth round (No. 137) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Then, they traded both of their sixth-round picks (Nos. 168 and 170) to the Minnesota Vikings to move back up into the fifth round and take Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (No. 150). The Browns distributed the following notes about their fifth-round selections:
Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine
- Buster Skrine started 30 of 42 career games at Chattanooga. He had five career interceptions, including a 46-yard return for a touchdown, which was the 11th longest in school history.
- He is the third played drafted by the Browns from Chattanooga, joining defensive end Jack Gregory (ninth round in 1966) and guard Pete Pullara (fourth round in 1978). His name is Darly Skrine, but he goes by the nickname "Buster."
- The Browns have now drafted a defensive back in each of the past three drafts.
Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jason Pinkston
- Jason Pinkston attended the University of Pittsburgh, along with second-round pick Jabaal Sheard. This marks the third time in franchise history that the Browns have drafted two players from Pitt in the same draft. They also drafted two prospects from Pitt in 1950 -- Jimmy Joe Robinson (third round) and Bob Plotz (11th round) -- and in 1955 -- Henry Ford (ninth round) and Glen Dillion (10th round).
- Pinkston's cousin, Todd Pinkston, was a wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2000-05.