Browns Get DE in Sixth
Melila Purcell

Posted Apr 29, 2007

From Berea, Fred Greetham reports on a Hawaii DE ready to infuse some youth into the DL...


Berea—The Browns have found a dance partner.

For the third time in two days, Phil Savage and Jerry Jones made deals involving draft picks.

The third trade with Dallas-- this time when the Browns were on the clock with the 195th overall pick in the sixth-round—had the Browns moving down five spots to the 200th spot in exchange for  Dallas’ seventh-round choice (234th overall). Barring any more trades, the Browns will have two selections in the seventh-round (213 and 234).

The Browns used the pick to take Melila Purcell, a defensive end from Hawaii. Purcell (6-5, 280 pounds) was a three year starter and had 60 tackles his senior season. His best season was as a sophomore when he had 74 tackles.

TFY’s report on him describes Purcell as ‘an up and down player through most of his college career. Purcell is a prospect with good upside. He offers possibilities as a left defensive end if he elevates his game.’

After drafting offensive with their first two picks, the Browns draft three-straight defensive players in Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald and Purcell.   

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