The Cleveland Browns signed second-round draft choice LB D’Qwell Jackson, fourth-round selections LB Leon Williams and OL Isaac Sowells, and fifth-round selection RB Jerome Harrison each to a four-year contract through the 2009 season, the team announced today. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Jackson (6-0, 228, Maryland), played in 48 games, including 34 starts and was the seventh player in school history to record over 400 tackles. Jackson, who was the 34th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, finished his collegiate career ranked fourth with 447 tackles, and added 10.5 sacks for 62 yards, 24 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, one recovered fumble, six interceptions, eight passes defensed and one blocked kick.
As a senior in 2005, Jackson was a first-team All-American selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as he led the conference with 137 tackles, including 56 solo, ranked second on the team with four sacks for 19 yards, and led the defense with six and one-half tackles for loss. He also added two interceptions, one pass defensed and one quarterback pressure.
Williams (6-2, 238, Miami), who was the 110th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, played in 47 games with the Hurricanes and started six games, and recorded 146 tackles, including 80 solo, two and one-half sacks for 27 yards, 12.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and one forced fumble. Williams played both inside and outside linebacker and was also a key contributor on special teams with 36 tackles.
As a senior in 2005, Williams was a Butkus Awards semifinalist and played in every game with 54 tackles, 35 solo, with three and one-half tackles for loss, two passes defensed and one recovered fumble. Williams helped the Miami defense rank fourth in the nation in total defense (270.1 yards per game).
Sowells (6-3, 324, Indiana), who was the 112th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, was a three-year starter who played in 27 games at left tackle at the University of Indiana. As a senior in 2005, Sowells started each game at left tackle and helped the Hoosiers average 350.8 yards of offense per game. Sowells moved into the starting left tackle position as a sophomore.
Harrison (5-9, 199, Washington State), who was the 145th overall selection in the 2006, NFL Draft, finished his college career by playing two seasons at Washington State after transferring from Pasadena City Junior College (Calif.). In two seasons at Washington State, Harrison played in 22 games, including 16 starts and totaled 2,800 yards on 482 carries (5.8 vg.) and 25 touchdowns. Harrison finished his collegiate career by rushing for at least 100 yards or more in his final 14 games, including four 200-yard rushing performances.
Despite playing only two seasons at Washington State, Harrison finished as the school’s leader in single-season rushing yards (1,900 in 2005), second in career rushing touchdowns (25), second in single-season all-purpose yards (2,113 in 2005), fifth in career rushing yards (2,800), sixth in career rushing attempts (482) and sixth in career all-purpose yards (3,267).