Browns trade up for OT Roderick Johnson BEREA, Ohio–The Browns went back to Florida State and drafted Cameron Erving’s former teammate and fellow offensive lineman, Roderick Johnson.
Johnson (6-6 5/8,310) started the last 31 games at left tackle for the Seminoles. The Browns traded with the Jets and gave up fifth-round pick (181) and sixth-round pick (188) to make the move.
Johnson is listed as the ninth-best offensive tackle by Pro Football Weekly.
“Has ideal height and length with the frame to carry 320,” Pro Football Weekly said. “Good athlete with quick feet and good agility and recovery. Good snap reaction for both run and pass. Able to get to second level and adjust on the move.”
Johnson is a two-and-a-half year starter at left tackle, but experts think he needed more time in college and wasn’t ready for the NFL.
“I am grateful for the opportunity the Browns have given me,” Johnson said. “I plan on working hard to improve my game.”
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was happy for Johnson.
“Congratulations to Rod and his family on being selected by the Cleveland Browns,” Fisher said in a statement from the FSU athletic department. “Rod was an outstanding player for us and an even better person. He has a chance to be a great NFL player as he continues to improve. I’m excited to watch him play alongside (OL) Cam Erving again in Cleveland.”
Erving was the Seminoles left tackle and when an injury occurred midway through the season, Erving was moved to center and Johnson took Erving’s place at left tackle and held down the position since.
“I’m looking forward to getting together with Cameron.”
The Browns traded back into the fifth round and selected an offensive tackle, Roderick Johnson from Florida State