CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns are squeezing in at least one more visit on Wednesday’s NFL deadline for pre-draft prospects stepping foot on team facilities.
Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet, a Division III product who could go as early as Day 2 in the draft, is in Cleveland Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Marpet is intriguing because he acquitted himself well at the Senior Bowl -- he didn’t look out of place there -- but his inexperience playing at a high level is something teams must consider. A possible parallel is Minnesota Vikings guard Brandon Fusco, a late-round pick out of Slippery Rock who has become a productive pro, signing a five-year, $25 million contract extension last year.
Fun fact: Marpet’s father, Bill, is an Emmy-winning director and cinematographer who produces fashion videos in New York, according to NFL.com.
The Browns have emphasized variety with their pre-draft visits, bringing in first-round talents (Washington NT Danny Shelton, Georgia RB Todd Gurley) and potential undrafted free agents (Rice CB Bryce Callahan, Texas A&M-Commerce WR Ricky Collins).
One player not visiting: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.
With 10 picks, including six in the first 115 selections, the Browns will take an offensive lineman somewhere, possibly in the first round.