Trent Richardson wasn’t the only Alabama player the Cleveland Browns drafted this past spring. After taking Richardson with the third pick of the draft, the team took Crimson Tide tight end/H-back Brad Smelley in the seventh round.
Smelley, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, is working at fullback and competing with Owen Marecic, a second-year player, for the starting job.
According to a recent Akron Beacon Journal analysis piece, Smelley has one big advantage — he can catch passes. He caught 34 last season during Alabama’s national championship run.
“Marecic is in better shape than he was last season, and he hopes playing 10-15 pounds lighter will help him improve. As a rookie, Marecic failed to show he’s a reliable receiver out of the backfield, and to retain his role as the Browns’ top fullback, he must hold off Smelley, who proved himself as a receiving threat when he played H-back in college,” one of the newspaper’s reporters wrote.