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Mack Wilson wins award for most outstanding rookie during Browns training camp

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The Cleveland Browns — despite trading away their first-round pick — have themselves a promising draft class. Greedy Williams, Sione Takitaki, and Sheldrick Redwine became the team’s first three picks, but it’s the fourth who has made waves in training camp.

Linebacker — and a fifth-round pick — Mack Wilson won the Browns’ Maurice Bassett Award, given to the rookie who has had the best training camp. The award is voted on by the media and is named after a former Browns fullback. Last season, Baker Mayfield won the award, Myles Garrett the year before.

If there were an award for best preseason performance, Mack would likely get that too.

The former Alabama star quickly proved his worth in the Browns’ first preseason game of the year. Against the Washington Redskins, the rookie recorded two interceptions and made three tackles in the process.

In the next week, versus the Indianapolis Colts, he came back to earth, as he tallied two tackles and one assist.

“I have picked up on the speed of the game, learning my plays, as well,” Wilson recently said, via ClevelandBrowns.com. “Interceptions come when you are doing your job, and I feel like I have been in great position. When the ball gets thrown, I have been able to break on it and make a play or I am running to the ball, a tipped ball happened and I was able to catch it. I just try my best to do my job, make sure everybody else is lined up around and make sure we execute.”

It’s clear the Wilson has earned his stripes. Now, it’s time to see if he joins his fellow recent award winners as stars in the NFL.