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Day Two picks under contract

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer


The Browns signed three more draft picks Sunday, inking fifth-rounder Brandon McDonald, sixth-rounder Melila Purcell and seventh-rounder Syndric Steptoe to four-year deals.

All four of the Browns' second-day draft picks are now signed and will be in attendance Monday for the Browns' pre-camp orientation. Chase Pittman, the team's first seventh-round pick, became the first member of the '07 draft class to sign earlier this week.

McDonald (5-foot-10, 181) should figure prominently in a wide-open battle for playing time at cornerback. The second of two cornerbacks drafted by the Browns behind second-rounder Eric Wright, McDonald was a two-year starter at Memphis after starting his college career at Jones (Miss.) JC.

McDonald had 4 interceptions and was a first-team Conference USA pick while playing cornerback and safety last season. He also has some return ability and should see time on special teams covering kicks as well.

Purcell and Pittman will compete for roster spots and playing time at defensive end. Purcell is an intriguing athlete who put himself on the NFL radar by recording 9 sacks while playing in a 3-4 defense at Hawaii last season.

A native of American Samoa, Purcell (6-foot-5, 285) was a three-year starter and one of five players drafted from one of the most talented teams in University of Hawaii history.

Steptoe (5-foot-9, 195) enters camp with a chance to win the punt returner's job that was vacated when Dennis Northcutt -- also an Arizona alum -- left via free agency. He'll try to find a fit as a special teamer and in a promising but unsettled receiving corps.

Steptoe had 55 receptions and 3 touchdowns last season, 131 and 6 touchdowns in his 44-game, 31-start career. In each of his final two college seasons, Steptoe averaged 10-plus yards on 20 punt return opportunities and had a touchdown return each season.