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New Browns Inked for 2018

Cleveland Browns first round draftees Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward hold their jerseys after a news conference at the Browns headquarters in Berea, Ohio, Friday, April 27, 2018. Mayfield was the first pick in the draft, Ward the fourth. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Day three of Browns mini-camp has seen the first signings of 2018 draft picks. The Cleveland Browns drafted nine players during the 2018 NFL Draft, including first-overall Baker Mayfield and fourth-overall Denzel Ward. The first three draftees to become Cleveland Browns are offensive lineman Austin Corbett, wide receiver Damion Ratley and defensive back Simeon Thomas.

Austin Corbett

Drafted with the first pick in the second round (No. 33 overall), Austin Corbett comes to Cleveland from Nevada. At Nevada, Corbett started 48 out of his 50 career games, receiving playing time at right and left tackle. Corbett was named first-team All-Mountain West by the coaches of the conference while also earning all-conference academic honors as well. While the void left by Joe Thomas retiring, Corbett should be a nice addition to the offensive front.

Damion Ratley

Draft in the sixth round, (No.175 overall) Damion Ratley played in 34 games at wide receiver during his time at Texas A&M. In those 34 games, Ratley acquired 37 receptions for 673 yards while scoring six touchdowns. 20 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns came in his senior season alone. Ratley is one of two receivers drafted by Cleveland in 2018 and is added to the list of players that the Browns have brought in during the offseason.

Simeon Thomas

Also drafted in the sixth round (No. 188 overall), Simeon Thomas played in 31 games as a defensive back at Louisiana Lafayette. In those 31 games, Thomas racked up 90 tackles, defended 21 passes and caught two interceptions. While he only played in nine games his senior season, Thomas recorded 42 tackles and broke up 12 passes in 2017.

Cleveland is one-third of the way through signing their nine 2018 draft picks. Six more draftees remain. The remaining Browns draft picks that need to sign are linebacker Genard Avery, wide receiver Antonio Callaway, running back Nick Chubb, quarterback Baker Mayfield, defensive lineman Chad Thomas and defensive back Denzel Ward.

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