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McLane grad Sears to attend Browns’ rookie mini camp


As the 2015 NFL Draft was winding down on Saturday, McLane graduate Marte Sears finally saw that first glimpse of opportunity near the end of the sixth round.

His phone lit up with a text from a Cleveland Browns assistant. By the end of the night, he’d also spoken to both the defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil and the head coach Mike Pettine.

“They all told me they saw my film, they loved my game and they want to bring me in for rookie mini camp and give me a shot,” Sears said.

Sears agreed to terms with the Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent to attend the rookie mini camp this week.

“Man I’m stoked, I’ve been waited a long time for this,” Sears said.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound safety earned NAIA All-American honors last season at Faulkner University.

Sears has been training for this opportunity at the T1 Sports Academy under the guidance of former Bullard standout Travon Jones.

The Browns will bring him and will look to utilize his size and versatility as a safety, as well as bringing him down to play as linebacker in certain packages also.

Sears flies out on Wednesday and will participate in the mini camp that runs from Thursday to Sunday.

“I’m so blessed to have this opportunity,” Sears said. “I’ve been praying, grinding and working for this opportunity. Now it’s time to go and capitalize.”

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