Cleveland Browns wanted Oklahoma State corner A.J. Green badly. They signed him to a free agent deal that includes $145,000 guaranteed, with $130,000 base salary guarantee and $15,000 signing bonus, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 26, 2020
Green was projected to be a mid- to late-round pick by most draft analysts and experts, but was not one of the 26 cornerbacks selected. OSU saw its streak of 11 consecutive years with at least one player selected in the draft end.
Green, a 2019 Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, had 49 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception, which he returned 27 yards for a touchdown against FCS McNeese State during his senior season. For his efforts, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback earned second-team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press. The DeSanto, Texas native started every game since his sophomore season at OSU.
Green recorded 13 reps on the 225-pound bench press and ran a 4.62 and 4.71 second time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in March. His time was only faster than three other cornerbacks. Two weeks later, he showed he was quicker than that with an unofficial 4.4 to 4.5 time on two runs at OSU’s Pro Day in Stillwater. He recorded a 34-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-6 broad jump.
Cleveland is no stranger to former OSU players with three draft selections from 2012 to 2016: first round quarterback Brandon Weeden and cornerback Justin Gilbert in 2012 and 2014, respectively, and 2016 second round defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. All three players are no longer with the organization.