After adding to their defensive line, the Browns went with an offensive player when they drafted North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Little missed the 2010 season, his senior year, after being suspended for accepting improper benefits from an agent. He was one of several Tar Heel players that missed time last fall.
“It was really tough for me, man,” Little said in a conference call with the Cleveland media. “I learned a tremendous amount about how to deal with success and just being able to deal with such an adverse time, I think I’ve grown from it. A lot of my morals and values have changed so much just from sitting out that year. I’m just so hungry to get back and play.
“I’m happy to be there,” he added about joining the Browns. “There were so many people via Twitter pulling for me to come to the Browns and it’s just really exciting to kind of fulfill that. Just being able to become a part of the Cleveland Browns nation, I’m just really excited to be a part of them.”
During his career, Little switched from running back to wide receiver. Despite playing multiple positions, he finished his college career with 86 receptions for 969 yards and six touchdowns. Little, who played in an offense system in college similar to a West Coast scheme, brings a 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame to the Browns offense.
He has been described as a player who looks for contact after making a catch.
“I think I developed a lot of that from being a running back early in my career and being a physical, downhill runner,” said Little. “Getting north and south after catching the ball is really where I got it from. Now, I’m just trying to develop into a complete wide receiver.
“I come from the West Coast offense; it’s the same terminology, the same verbiage, the exact same calls, everything,” he added. “I think it’s going to be such a smooth transition. When I met with the Cleveland Browns, I knew their terminology already. I think that’s one of the things I’m really excited about as well.”
Little’s selection marked the second straight season in which the Browns drafted an offensive player with the 59th pick. Also via a trade, the Browns took running back Montario Hardesty in 2010.
The Browns obtained the second of their second round picks through a day one trade with the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange for the No. 6 overall pick in the first round, the Browns received the Falcons’ first (No. 27), second (No. 59) and fourth (No. 124) round picks in 2011. They also gained the Falcons’ first and fourth round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
It is the second consecutive year in which the Browns made two second round picks. This season, it was Little and defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard. In 2010, it was safety T.J. Ward and Hardesty.
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