Safety, Notre Dame
5-foot-11, 195 pounds
Sixth round, No. 175 overall
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton has said he wants “big guys who can run and little guys who can hit,” and Slaughter fits the latter category. Pro Football Weekly profiles him as an “explosive striker who relishes high-speed collisions” from his safety spot and had him with a 3rd- to 4th-round grade. Notre Dame also moved him down to an outside linebacker at times. There are major concerns, though — Slaughter had his 2012 season cut short after rupturing an Achilles’ tendon in his left foot after three starts. Mike Mayock of NFL Network sees him as a special-teams contributor who could compete for a starting free safety spot. PFW scouts Slaughter as a safety with good range and closing burst but one who might lack the ideal speed to really mirror receivers, though he did at times cover receivers as a nickel cornerback at Notre Dame. He also has a habit of leading with his helmet, according to PFW, which will have to be corrected. After twice trading down on Saturday, the Browns addressed one of their biggest remaining needs at free safety.
Defensive end/outside linebacker, East Central
6-foot-4, 263 pounds
Seventh round, No. 217 overall
The Browns added a Division II pass rusher with a checkered past in Bryant. He started his college career at Abilene Christian but was dismissed due to academics. He transferred to Cisco Junior College before coming to East Central in Oklahoma for three seasons, where he racked up a school-record 26.5 sacks. In October, he was arrested for selling marijuana twice to an undercover officer and suspended for three games. He’s also coming off of a right labrum injury. Bryant has great length with long arms and does well in disrupting passing lanes and wreaking havoc when in the backfield but is very raw in his technique and takes plays off, according to Pro Football Weekly.
Offensive lineman, Chadron State
6-foot-6, 318 pounds
Seventh round, No. 227 overall
The Browns used their last 2013 draft pick to address the offensive line with Gilkey, who could potentially play either tackle or guard in the NFL. Gilkey started all 12 games for Division II Chadron State at left tackle but profiles as more of a guard due to a lack of ideal arm length and foot quickness for the outside, according to Pro Football Weekly. Gilkey once played for Don Beebe in high school and played some basketball in college. He had a “simple” heart operation early in his high school career that prevented him from doing anything athletically for a year.
— Ryan Lewis