Browns announce 2017 undrafted free agent signings

Dec 21, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Kai Nacua (12) is congratulated by defensive back Troy Warner (L) after a game sealing interception in a 24-21 win over the Wyoming Cowboys as the Cougars bench reacts during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the Cleveland Browns confirmed their 2017 undrafted free agent signings. The list includes three linebackers, four defensive backs, two defensive linemen, an offensive lineman, and a tight end.

The entire list is below, but the three players most likely to make an impact on the Browns this season are:

Kai Nacua, Safety, Brigham Young University
Nacua was a ballhawk for BYU, intercepting 14 passes, taking two in for touchdowns. The Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist could sneak his way into a safety group that has holes to fill. Nacua was 40th on Dane Brugler’s list of best safeties in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kenneth Olubode, Linebacker, University of Colorado
Olubode came on last season for the Buffaloes, with 130 tackles (6.5 for loss) after being moved from outside linebacker to inside. He joins a team not very deep at linebacker, especially inside. He was rated as Brugler’s 37th best linebacker in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Channing Stribling, Cornerback, University of Michigan
Stribling played in 47 games for the Wolverines, starting 18. He was among the Big Ten’s leaders in interceptions (4) and passes defended (17) last season. He joins college teammate Jabrill Peppers in a secondary desperately needing playmakers. He was rated as Brugler’s 24th best cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft, and projected in a few mock drafts as a likely 5th/6th round pick.


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Do not underestimate the importance of this group, especially on a young team like the Browns. Probably the most impactful of last year’s class of UDFAs was Briean Boddy-Calhoun, cornerback from the University of Minnesota who ended the 2016 season as the Browns’ primary nickel back and contributed 43 tackles and three interceptions, including a pick six against the Miami Dolphins on September 25, 2016. Boddy-Calhoun was actually an UDFA signing of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Browns picked him up after he was cut late in training camp.

The full list of 2017 Cleveland Browns UDFAs:

B.J. Bello, Linebacker, Illinois State University
Josh Boutte, Offensive Lineman, Louisiana State University
Ladell Fleming, Defensive Back, Northern Illinois University
J.D. Harman, Defensive Back, University of Kentucky
Alvin Hill, Defensive Back, University of Maryland
Jamal Marcus, Defensive Lineman, University of Akron
Taylor McNamara, Tight End, University of Southern California
Kai Nacua, Safety, Brigham Young University
Kenneth Olubode, Linebacker, University of Colorado
Karter Schult, Defensive Lineman, University of Northern Iowa
Channing Stribling, Cornerback, University of Michigan

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