QB Cody Kessler among those to watch at Browns' rookie minicamp

The Cleveland Browns put their rookies on the practice field on Friday for the first time.

The team's three-day rookie minicamp features a practice in Berea on Friday, a practice at FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday as part of FanFest, and a final practice in Berea on Sunday.

Not much should be read into a rookie camp. It's about adjusting and acclimating and being exposed to the NFL world, and playbook.

That being said, there's only one chance to make a first impression.

First-round pick Corey Coleman will be watched for his speed and ability to catch passes. The Browns will have three other drafted receivers on the field, which is noteworthy given the team's reluctance to focus on receivers the previous two years.

But they won't be my most intriguing players to watch. These three qualify for that honor:

Quarterback Cody Kessler, USC

Kessler was a "trust me" third-round surprise pick, a guy obviously highly thought of by coach Hue Jackson -- who uttered the "you have to trust me on this one" line when talking about Kessler.

Kessler is not big at 6-foot-1, and he's not strong-armed. But he left USC its all-time leader in completion percentage, which says something. There was a bit of a can-he-start tizzy when Sashi Brown said "not to sleep on Cody Kessler" when it came to the quarterback job. Maybe not, but the Browns are committed to Robert Griffin III until he proves they shouldn't be.

Kessler will be brought along at his pace, though the fact that he's been drafted by Brown and Jackson does give him a one-stride lead over holdovers Austin Davis and Connor Shaw.

"This young man has uncanny ability to throw the ball with accuracy," Jackson said. "He's very intelligent. He's been in every kind of system you can think of. He is a grinder. He loves to work at the game." He added that Kessler has the makeup "that he's going to have a chance to ascend."

DL Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

Can a 6-foot-4, 275-pound man who has played with his hand down in college transform into an outside linebacker? Jackson thinks so.

"The guy is 6-4, 275 pounds and has 4.6 speed," he said.

Still, it's tough to see. Ogbah was a wrecking crew on the defensive line in Stillwater and seems perfectly built to play end in a 3-4 scheme. His model: Former Giant Michael Strahan.

The Browns thought enough of Ogbah to draft him without bringing him in for a visit. They also spurned offers to trade down -- including one to Dallas, which intended to take Ogbah. The Browns gave Ogbah their highest grade as an outside pass-rusher, and took him in the second round when they had a first-round grade on him.

All that would seem to indicate there's no need to change his position, just let him put his hand on the ground and do his thing. But Jackson said Ogbah does have experience standing up before the snap.

"I think that the defense that he'll play here will be a little different for him," Jackson said. "We'll ask him to do a little bit of different things, but we're confident the things that Oklahoma State asked him to do he will be able to do here in our scheme under Ray (Horton)."

LB Scooby Wright III

The seventh-round pick slid under the radar until folks started doing research on him. Wright was a standout in 2014 at Arizona, earning defensive player of the year and All-America honors. Injuries short-circuited his 2015 season, but if he can return to anything like he was in '14 he could surprise.

Wright will be noticed for his flamboyant style.

What's more important will be how he plays. The odds are not with seventh-round picks, but when one makes it it's a good story. And Wright's 2014 resume gives him a chance.