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Browns trade again, get Rucker

Jeff Walcoff, Staff Writer


Surprise, surprise.

The Browns ended up with not one but two fourth-round picks in the 2008 NFL Draft.

The club made another deal, trading their 2009 third-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for the 111th overall selection to draft Missouri tight end Martin Rucker.

Rucker is an extensively experienced tight end who was at the center of the Tigers' offense in 2007, pulling in 84 receptions for 834 yards and 8 touchdowns. He broke the school's record for catches in a season and led the nation in receptions per game by a tight end.

Overall in his career, he started a school record 50 games, making 203 catches for 2,175 yards and 18 scores.

Rucker's brother, Mike, was a Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers who was a second-round pick in 1999. He announced his retirement on April 22.