BEREA - After using two picks on the offense and two picks on the defense, the Browns finished the draft by going defensive. They selected Alex Hall, a defensive end from St. Augustine College in the seventh- round (231st overall). The Browns project him as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.
"Alex is from Maryland and was recruited to St. Augustine," Phil Savage said. "He was 190 pounds out of high school and is now 245 pounds. He's a big, natural outside linebacker prospect that we feel was worth taking a flyer on in the seventh-round."
Hall (6-6,245 pounds ) is the career leader in sacks and tackles for loss at St. Augustine—a NCAA Division II school in Raleigh, NC. Hall had 25.5 sacks and 49.5 tackles for loss in his career. He had 13 sacks his junior season and had seven sacks his senior season, despite missing time early in the season with a neck stinger.
Hall earned a spot on the 2007 D2Football.com All-America first team.
Savage said Hall is a developmental player with upside potential.
"Realistically, he's probably a '09 player," Savage said. "He's got some physical tools and I think he'll make the adjustment. He's the most developmental of the players we selected."