BEREA - The Browns have talked a lot about character during the draft, which makes the seventh-round selection of defensive end Armonty Bryant a surprise.
Bryant, who played at East Central Oklahoma, was arrested after twice selling marijuana to an undercover officer on school grounds. He was suspended three games last season.
"My coach said people make mistakes," Bryant said. "I felt like it was a stupid move on my part. I should have been more mature with the situation. I know I have a second chance. I feel like I won't let the Cleveland Browns down. I appreciate them taking a second chance on me."
Bryant has also dealt with injury issues. He tore a labrum near the end of the 2011 season and had surgery prior to last season. He didn't lift weights at the combine in February. He said he's now 100 percent healthy.
In eight games last season Bryant registered 54 tackles, including 17.5 for minus yardage and 10.5 sacks. He could play the hybrid role of end/outside linebacker.
"What I bring to the table is a relentless attitude," Bryant said. "I want to get to the quarterback and make a big play. I want to be the person when we're in a hard situation, you can pull me aside and say we need this and I can be that guy that can deliver."
BIG FAN: Former Browns quarterback Brian Sipe is a fan of third-round selection Leon McFadden of San Diego State. Sipe played at SDSU before joining the Browns and becoming a fan favorite in the early 1980s.
McFadden will compete for a starting job at cornerback.
"He left me a voice mail last night," McFadden said. "I got in late. I'll call him at an appropriate time. He was pumped up. You could tell from his voice on the phone that he was happy for me."
ON THE MEND: Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter, the Browns' pick in the sixth round, is still rehabilitating a torn Achilles' tendon. The injury occurred in the third game of last season against Michigan State. Slaughter had planted and was prepared to drive forward when he heard a pop.
"I'm about 90 percent," Slaughter said. "I can do sprinting and cutting drills and pretty much everything. It's all coming back in line. The main thing is getting power back and doing single leg weights. I should be 100 percent by training camp."
THE DOOR IS OPEN: Slaughter will be on the field initially on special teams. The plan is for him to compete for a starting job, most likely at free safety. His competition next season will be Tashaun Gipson and Eric Hagg.
"You could call me a big hitter," Slaughter said of his style. "It started happening when I was playing park ball in little league. I was always a skinny kid that could hit. I was one of the first kids to knock off the quarterback's helmet in the 98-pound league. I have a laidback side on the field, but on the field I can be an alter ego and be another person."
IN THE FOLD: The Browns officially announced the signing of receiver Davone Bess to a three-year contract extension Saturday. Bess was acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. The teams swapped picks in the fourth and fifth rounds.
INTERESTING OPENER: The season opener against the Dolphins has taken on a new look. There's the Bess angle of facing his ex-teammates. Another angle is having the top two pass rushers in the draft on opposite sides of the field Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo and Dolphins linebacker Dion Jordan.
HEALTH CONCERNS: Offensive tackle Garrett Gilkey, the second of two seventh-round picks by the Browns, had what was called a "simple" heart procedure entering his freshman year of high school. In 2011, his junior year at Chadron State, Gilkey's appendix burst two hours before the season opener.