Browns sign Chris Faulk to free-agent deal

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIGLSU offensive tackle Chris Faulk and guard Will Blackwell block Auburn's  Nosa Eguae as Michael Ford hits the hole in 2011.
Advocate file photo by BILL FEIGLSU offensive tackle Chris Faulk and guard Will Blackwell block Auburn's Nosa Eguae as Michael Ford hits the hole in 2011.

Rehabbing from torn ligaments in practice that cost him last season, Chris Faulk took a calculated risk declaring for the NFL draft as a junior.

The LSU left tackle’s reasoning went like this: try to keep his once-assumed first-round stock from falling and earn a salary instead of incurring further risk by returning.

After three days and seven rounds, Faulk’s bet didn’t pay off after the 6-foot-6, 325-pound prospect, rated the No. 11 offensive tackle by NFLDraftScout.com, went undrafted. Instead, his inability to conduct pre-draft workouts might have cost him.

Similar to six other LSU players, including two more underclassmen, Faulk signed a free-agent contract late Saturday, joining the Cleveland Browns.

Junior running back Michael Ford, a 5-10, 216-pound Leesville native, left after rushing for 392 yards and three touchdowns on 71 carries. Some scouting services projected him as a sixth-round pick, but no call came and Ford signed with Chicago — the same destination as senior center P.J. Lonergan.

Redshirt sophomore punter Brad Wing was rated among the top five prospects at his position by multiple scouting services, but off-the-field transgressions such as a reported failed drug test and a June 2011 simple battery arrest left teams dubious. But Wing found a suitor in Philadelphia, which also signed wide receiver and former five-star recruit Russell Shepard.

Finally, senior tight end Chase Clement signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants, and defensive end Chancey Aghayere signed with Seattle.