Browns take Johnson in sixth round

Malcolm Johnson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Quinn)

Malcolm Johnson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Quinn)

Tight end Malcolm Johnson was the second Mississippi State player off the NFL Draft board on Saturday after being selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 19th pick of the sixth round (195th overall).

The 6-foot-2, 231-pounder from Tuscaloosa, Ala., is the first Bulldog tight end taken since Donald Lee in 2003 and the first Browns draftee since Larry Friday in 1981. Johnson is the highest State player ever drafted by the franchise.

Johnson was a second team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC selection for MSU. He appeared in 45 games during his career and earned 23 starts. The former three-star prospect from Northridge High School finished his college career with 79 catches for 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Johnson served as a team captain for the Bulldogs as a senior, starting 12 of the 13 games in which he played. He hauled in 28 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns in 2014.

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