Browns get cornerback and two tight ends in 6th round
The Browns added a cornerback and two tight ends in the sixth-round.
Cornerback Charles Gaines (5-9, 180) from Louisville was picked with the Browns first pick in the sixth-round (189th overall). Gaines was timed at 4.44 in the 40-yard dash.
Gaines, who converted from wide receiver to cornerback, said he patterns his game after the Browns Joe Haden.
"I’ve been watching Joe Haden since he was at Florida," he said. "The way he goes out and carries himself is a way I want to play."
Gaines was given a third or fourth round grade by some of the scouts and might have been available in the sixth-round because of character issues.
"To be honest, there is some things you can’t control," Gaines said in a conference call after he was drafted. "I am just working hard, grinding and trying to make the most of the opportunity."
Gaines was suspended by the team twice and was described as being ‘immature and insubordinate’.
"I live and learned and moved on," Gaines said. "I’m a totally new man and I have a different standard both on and off the field. I feel that made me who I am today."
Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com listed Gaines as the 14th best cornerback in the draft.
"Gaines plays with tremendous speed and natural traits that are worth developing in the NFL … raw, but the starting potential is evident and he should be a reliable nickel defender as a rookie."
The next two picks in the round were listed as tight ends, but Malcolm Johnson (6-2, 231) from Mississippi State was used as an H-back/fullback, as well. Johnson was the team captain and fourth leading receiver with 28 receptions for 380 yards and three touchdowns. In his career, Johnson had 79 catches for 1,148 yards (22.5 avg.) with 10 touchdowns. Johnson was picked with the 195th overall pick.
Johnson says he’s familiar with all three roles and said the Browns coaches indicated they like his versatility.
"Whatever the coaches ask me to play fullback, H-back or tight end. I’m familiar with all of them," Johnson said on a conference call after being selected by the Browns. "The (Browns coaches) said they wanted me to be versatile and play more than one position."
Johnson said his background coming out of high school was a wide receiver.
"Coming into college I was a receiver and my hands have always been a good part of my game."
The Browns didn’t employ the use of a true fullback last year. They used Ray Agnew and Kiero Small during the season, but there are no fullbacks currently on the roster. The last true fullback the Browns employed was Lawrence Vickers, who last played for the Browns in 2010.
Tight end Randall Telfer (6-3, 250) was picked at 198th overall from USC.
Brugler described Telfer this way.
"After an impressive redshirt freshman season, Telfer put his name on the NFL map as a player to watch, but he struggled to find an identity on the USC offense the last few years, failing to match his 2011 production."
Telfer caught 65 passes in his career for 648 yards (10.0 avg.) with 12 touchdowns. His best season was his first year when he caught 26 passes for 273 yards and five touchdowns. Last season, Telfer had 21 receptions for 197 yards with two touchdowns.