University of Oregon outside linebacker/defensive end Dion Jordan and University of Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills are among the prospects who have pre-draft visits set with the Browns, league sources told the Beacon Journal on Tuesday.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns, who have the sixth overall pick in the draft, are not publicizing the visits. The sources did not specify when the visits will occur.
The Browns, like all NFL teams, are allowed to host as many as 30 national prospects at their headquarters until one week before the draft, which runs April 25-27. During an interview last week at the NFL owners meeting, CEO Joe Banner said the Browns plan to meet their allotment of pre-draft visits. They’re expected to host most of the big-name prospects, and Jordan certainly qualifies as a headliner.
The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Jordan, a projected top-10 selection, is one of the top-rated pass rushers in this year’s class. In addition to Cleveland, the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1 overall pick), Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 2), Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) and New York Jets (No. 9) are on Jordan’s list of visits, Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reported.
Jordan compiled 29 tackles for loss and 14½ sacks during the past three seasons. He had 44 tackles, including 10½ for loss and five sacks, in 12 games last season, missing one game because of an injured shoulder he suffered Oct. 27 against Colorado. As a junior, he tallied 42 tackles, including 13 for loss and 7½ sacks.
Jordan had surgery Feb. 27 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to the Oregonian. Jordan said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine his rehabilitation should take three to four months, and he hopes to be ready for training camp in late July.
By delaying surgery, Jordan was able to impress at the combine. He tied for third in his position group in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.6 seconds and tied for fourth in the broad jump with at 10 feet, 2 inches.
The 6-foot, 194-pound Stills had 82 catches for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior last season. In 2011, he compiled 61 catches for 849 yards and eight touchdowns, missing one game with a concussion and another after being charged with driving under the influence. In 2010, he tallied 61 catches for 786 yards and five touchdowns.
At the combine, Stills tied for fourth among wide receivers in the 40-yard dash (4.38 seconds). Pro Football Weekly projects Stills as a slot receiver at the next level, and NFLDraftScout.com projects him as a fourth-round selection.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is set to visit the Browns April 9 or 10 after coming from a visit with the Buffalo Bills, another league source said Monday. NFLDraftScout.com projects Scott as a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Target still unsigned
Free-agent outside linebacker Victor Butler left his visit with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday without a contract, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The Browns are still interested in signing Butler, who tallied 11 sacks while spending the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Butler, 25, arrived in Northeast Ohio on Sunday night and left Monday without a contract after visiting the Browns.
The 6-2, 245-pound Butler also has reportedly visited the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers.
More draft talk
The Browns held a private workout Tuesday with Arkansas State safety Don Jones, a projected late-round pick, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun and Scout.com reported. They also took UCLA defensive lineman Datone Jones, a projected first-round pick, to dinner this month, Pauline reported.
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