After not hearing his name called during the NFL draft, Beavers’ star linebacker Manase Hungalu had to wait for the UDFA signing period to get a chance with an NFL team. He didn’t have to wait very long, as the Cleveland Browns moved to add him to their team.
After an 0-16 season, the Browns are looking for help just about everywhere. The Browns starter at Middle Linebacker last year was Joe Schobert in his second season, and Schobert played well enough to earn a Pro Bowl invite after Ryan Shazier’s injury. Hungalu will also likely have to compete with the Browns fifth round pick, Genard Avery of Memphis.
In his three years at Oregon State, Hungalu was one of the Beavers biggest threats on defense. He finished his career with 223 total tackles, 4 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions, and 2.5 sacks.
Hungalu has a lot of talent, and Cleveland is an interesting place for him to go to. It’s a team that’s going to look for players competing at every level, and Hungalu is more than able of doing that.