After beefing up the defensive side of the ball, the Cleveland Browns turned offensive by selecting North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little with the 59th overall pick late in the second round during the NFL Draft Friday night.
Little missed the entire 2010 season, his senior year, after being suspended for accepting improper benefits from an agent. Little tallied 86 receptions for 969 yards and six touchdowns in his career with the Tar Heels. He was the second pick in the second round for the Browns.
At nearly 6-foot-3 and 231 pounds, Little isn’t the fastest wideout in the daft, but he’s physical and runs great routes. That makes him a good choice for Browns coach Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense. He had 62 catches for 724 yards and five touchdowns as a junior.
Cleveland obtained this pick through a first-round trade with the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange for the No. 6 overall pick in the first round, the Browns received Atlanta’s first- (No. 27), second- (No. 59) and fourth-round (No. 124) picks in 2011. They also gained the Falcons’ first- and fourth-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
It is also the second consecutive year in which the Browns made two second round picks. This season, it was Little and defensive end Jabaal Sheard from Pitt.