Terrance West drafted by the Browns
Former Towson running back Terrance West knew his time would come.
After declaring for this weekend’s NFL Draft on Jan. 7, West set his sights on making an NFL team.
Over four months later, his dream was realized, as West was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 94th pick in the draft Friday night.
The Browns traded up, jumping their AFC North rivals, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers and grabbed West as the sixth running back taken.
“[The Browns trading up] means a lot to me,” West told Cleveland local media in a conference call. “Now I have to do my part and perform and give them what they
want: hard running and help win them some games.”
With the pick, West becomes the highest Tiger ever drafted to the NFL.
The New Orleans Saints selected former offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod with the 125th pick in 2007.
On Friday night’s second and third rounds, the sweepstakes for a running back began slowly, as not a single back was taken in the first 53 picks.
Then, the floodgates opened and three running backs (Bishop Sankey, Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill) were chosen in a span of four picks. At that point, the Terrance
West radar was on. Teams like the New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars and even the New England Patriots showed interest.
However, no one pullled the trigger in the second round and early third round.
Many projections had him going in the third or fourth round of the draft and that’s just where he went.
“I always had dreams of going in the first three rounds,” West said during the conference. “It’s just a dream come true. Now my favorite team is the Cleveland Browns and I’m ready to represent.”
After rushing 4,849 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career at Towson, West will begin with a clean slate in Cleveland.
He will join first round pick and the storyline of Day 1, Johnny Manziel, as part of a successful Browns draft class.
On the depth chart, West will fight for the starting job with free-agent signing Ben Tate, as well as Dion Lewis and Fozzy Whitaker.
Following the draft, the Browns also signed undrafted free agent Isiah Crowell from Alabama State. Crowell previously played for Georgia but transfered due to off the field issues.
Not to mention, West will get a shot at playing his hometown team, the Ravens, twice a year.
The Browns ranked 27th in the NFL last season with 86.4 rushing yards per game. West will be looked at to use his strength and help boost that number.