Browns Conclude a Busy Draft
Brad Smelley #17, August 8, 2009
OBR Reporter
Posted Apr 28, 2012

The Browns add two seventh-round talents to conclude their draft.


The Browns concluded their 2012 NFL Draft with the seventh-round selections of Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade and Alabama tight end Brad Smelley.

Wade, taken with the 245th overall selection, is a 5’10, 192 lb. prospect and represents the only defensive back taken by the Browns in this year’s draft.

During his college career at Arizona, Wade totaled 12 interceptions and 28 pass break ups. As a Senior, Wade posted 52 tackles, 2 interceptions and 13 pass break ups. Wade’s efforts were enough to land him All-PAC 12 Conference Second Team honors.

According to, Wade was originally “rated by some scouts among the top 100 prospects in the draft.” A disappointing Junior campaign likely dropped Wade into the draft’s final round.

The Browns took Smelley with their final 2012 selection – the 247th pick. Smelley, 6’2, 237 lbs., is a former high school quarterback who played an H-Back role at Alabama.

Smelley caught 34 passes for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns for the national champion Crimson Tide. In Alabama’s BCS National Championship victory, Smelley contributed seven receptions.  Smelley also played on Alabama’s special teams units.

Most scouting reports conclude that Smelley is a crafty player who relies more on his smarts than raw athletic ability.

According to, Smelley is “a strider off the line as a route runner and it takes him a while to build speed….However, has a savvy to his game, knows how to set up routes and adjust well off his frame.”

The selection of Smelley marks the second consecutive year the Browns have added a tight end/H-Back during the draft.

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