Browns sign five draft picks, seven undrafted free agents (5.10.24)


BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have signed five of their six draft picks from the 2024 Draft and nine undrafted free agents. The group of undrafted free agents is comprised of four offensive players and three defensive players. In addition, the club waived C Dawson Deaton with a failed physical designation.


Draft pick signings:


Zak Zinter | G | Michigan

3rd round (No. 85 overall)

Appeared in 45 games (42 starts) along the offensive line during his collegiate career at Michigan (2020-23)…Unanimous first-team All-American in 2023…Voted team captain by teammates in 2023…Three-time All-Big Ten selection (2021-23)…Started all 12 games in 2023 and helped the Wolverines make a run to win the College Football Playoff National Championship…Part of a Wolverines offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s top unit in 2021 and 2022…A native of North Andover, Mass. and attended Buckingham Browne and Nichols School prep school…He will wear No. 70.


Jamari Thrash | WR | Louisville

5th round (No. 156 overall)

First name is pronounced juh-MAR-ee…Appeared in 49 games at 28 starts with Georgia State (2019-22) and Louisville (2023), tallying 167 receptions for 2,610 receiving yards and 18 receiving touchdowns…In 2023, was named second team All-ACC after leading the Cardinals with 63 receptions, 858 receiving yards and six touchdowns…While at Georgia State, led the Sun Belt in receiving yards (1,122) in 2022 and named first team All-Sun Belt Conference…A LaGrange, Ga. native attended Troup County High School…He will wear No. 80.


Nathaniel Watson | LB | Mississippi State

6th round (No. 206 overall)

2023 AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year appeared in 57 games with 46 starts at Mississippi State (2018-23)…Registered 379 tackles, 21 sacks, two interceptions and seven passes defensed in collegiate career…Led the SEC in total tackles (137) and sacks (10) in 2023…Became the first SEC player to lead the conference in both tackles and sacks in the same season…Finished second in the SEC with 113 tackles and a team-leading 12 sacks in 2022…A native of Maplesville, Ala. and attended Maplesville High School…He will wear No. 40.


Myles Harden | CB | South Dakota

7th round (No. 227 overall)

Appeared in 29 games with 28 starts at South Dakota (2020-23), recording 143 total tackles, six interceptions, 20 pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles…Named third team AP FCS All-American and first team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2023…Finished junior season tied for fourth in the FCS in forced fumbles with four…Also led the team with three interceptions and was named second team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference…A Miami Gardens, Fla. native and attended Miramar High School where he also lettered in track…He will wear No. 26.



Jowon Briggs | DT | Cincinnati

7th round (No. 243 overall)

First name is pronounced JOE-whan…Appeared in 59 games with Virginia (2019-20) and Cincinnati (2021-23), recording 170 tackles and 12 sacks in his career…Voted a team captain for the Bearcats in 2023…Started all 12 games during senior campaign, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors…Was named first team All-American Athletic Conference in 2022, starting all 13 games in his first season with the Bearcats…A native of Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Walnut Hills High School…Married to wife, Nyaje, and has three children: Jowon, Reine and Zane…He will wear No. 53.


Undrafted free agent signings:


Name Pos Ht Wt Age College Hometown
Javion Cohen

Christopher Edmonds

Dyshawn Gales

Winston Reid

Aidan Robbins

Lorenzo Thompson

Treyton Welch





























Miami (Fla.)

Arizona State

South Dakota State

Weber State

Brigham Young

Rhode Island


Phenix City, Ala.

Phenix City, Ala.

North Chicago, Ill.

St. George, Utah

Louisville, Ky.

Syracuse, N.Y.

Buffalo, Minn.

Javion Cohen | G | Miami (Fla.)

First pronounced JAY-viy-ahn…Spent time at Alabama (2021-23) before transferring to Miami (Fla.) for the 2023 season…Served as one of the top performers on the offensive line, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention for the Hurricanes in 2023…Played a key role in the Hurricanes’ offensive line that was named to midseason honor roll for Joe Moore Award, honoring the nation’s top unit…Appeared in 42 career games with 36 starts…Majored in American Studies…Native of Phenix City, Ala. and attended Central High School.


Christopher Edmonds | S | Arizona State

Started his collegiate career at Samford (2019-21) before transferring to Arizona State (2022-23)…Appeared in 24 games at Arizona State, posting 121 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defensed…Finished the 2023 season fifth on the team in tackles, while leading the team with three interceptions…Played 27 games at Samford, recording 83 tackles, eight interceptions and ten passes defensed…Named first team All-SoCon and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player in all of FCS football in 2021…Graduated from Arizona State in spring 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies…Native of Phenix City, Ala. and prepped at Brookstone School in Columbus, Ga., where he played both wide receiver and defensive back.


Dyshawn Gales | CB | South Dakota State

First name pronounced DEE-shawn…Played 64 games at South Dakota State (2018-23), recording 154 tackles, nine interceptions and 30 passes defensed…Led the team with four interceptions and ranked second with six pass breakups in 2022…Voted a team captain in 2023…Named first team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2022 and was a five time MVFC Academic Honor Roll honoree…Majored in physical education/teacher education…Native of North Chicago, Ill. and attended North Chicago Community High School where he was selected as an Academic All-Star in both football and basketball.


Winston Reid | LB | Weber State

Played in 47 career games for Weber State (2017-2023) where he began as a walk-on, totaled 281 career tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and added seven sacks throughout his collegiate career…Finished second in Weber State history in career solo tackles with 170…Named a team captain in 2022, earning All-American honors and first-team All-Big Sky honors…Finished eighth in the nation in tackles at 10.7 per game in 2023… Native of St. George, Utah and attended Copper Hills High School.


Aidan Robbins | RB | Brigham Young

Played his final collegiate year at BYU (2023), after transferring from UNLV (2022) and Louisville (2019-2021)… Totaled 1,703 yards from scrimmage, 12 touchdowns and 30 receptions in his career…Started in all 11 of his games with UNLV, leading the team in rushing with 209 carries for 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns in 2022…Started in seven of his eight appearances for the Cougars in 2023, totaling 518 scrimmage yards and one touchdown, and averaging 64.8 scrimmage yards per game…Graduated from Louisville in 2022 with a degree in business marketing…Native of Louisville, Ky. and attended DuPont Manual High School.


Lorenzo Thompson | T | Rhode Island

Appeared in 46 games at Rhode Island (2018-23), finishing his collegiate career with 37 consecutive starts…Elected a team captain by his teammates in 2023…Earned Phil Steele Third Team All-American, All-CAA Football First Team, and New England Football Writers Association All-New England Team honors in 2023 and All-CAA Football Third Team in 2022…Native of Syracuse, N.Y. and attended Cicero North High School.


Treyton Welch | TE | Wyoming

Appeared in 49 career games at Wyoming (2019-23), recording 77 receptions, 874 receiving yards and nine touchdowns…In his final season at Wyoming, Welch totaled 31 receptions, 308 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.9 yards per catch…Earned First Team All-Mountain West honors (PFF), Third Team All-American (Phil Steele) and Honorable Mention by Mountain West head coaches and media, he also earned academic All-Mountain West honors in 2023…Native of Buffalo, Minn. and attended Buffalo High School, where he set nearly every receiving record.





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