BEREA: The Browns used their ninth and final pick in the NFL Draft on Louisiana cornerback Simeon Thomas, selecting him in the sixth round (No. 188 overall) on Saturday.

Thomas will arrive in Cleveland with a checkered past, which includes a long list of academic suspensions and an arrest.

Earlier Saturday, the Browns drafted wide receiver Antonio Callaway in the fourth round (No. 105 overall) despite arrests and other off-field red flags in his background.

“Obviously, there are some guys that are in this group that does have some spots on them,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “But, trust me, we’ve done our due diligence in making sure that we vetted it all out, and we feel very good about these guys in our organization and there’s no question that we have the resources in place to help them through it.”

In 2013, Thomas was among five Louisiana recruits allegedly involved with a scandal in which their ACT answers were supposedly changed by a test administrator. He missed the first three games the same year for academic reasons.

Then he sat out the entire 2014 season on academic suspension. He served a nine-game NCAA suspension in 2015, apparently related to the recruiting violations from two years earlier. He didn’t play the final three games because he wanted to save a season of eligibility.

He played all 13 games in 2016, his only full season in college, and compiled 40 tackles, five pass breakups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

In April 2017, he was one of 13 Louisiana players arrested for stealing items from the dorm room of a former teammate who was in jail on a rape charge. The players stole $2,400 in items, including video games, shoes and clothing. Charges were later reduced to misdemeanors for Thomas and 10 other players.

Thomas, 6-foot-3 and 197 pounds, also served a two-game academic suspension last season and played in nine games, tallying 42 tackles and 12 pass breakups.

Thomas, who didn’t play in 2014 and 2015, will turn 25 on Sept. 22.

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