Seth DeValve’s NFL Draft Pick Makes Princeton History

Updated: August 25, 2016

When the Cleveland Browns selected Princeton Tiger, Seth DeValve as the 138th pick in this year’s draft, they made him the highest draft pick in Princeton’s history. DeValve, who studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, was happy to take the call from the Browns even though several alums from Princeton’s rival, Harvard, populate our front office.

The 245-pound former Tiger missed much of the 2014 season because of surgery on both his feet to close open growth plates. DeValve came back from his surgery better than ever during the 2015 season and won the Tiger’s Rogerson Award for Spirit and Inspiration. According to DeValve, his college position was somewhat variable and that he was positioned like a chess piece during his tenure with the Tigers. He occasionally lined up in the slot, sometimes wide and sometimes as a traditional tight end.

This adaptability caught the attention of Browns head coach, Hue Jackson; he was impressed by DeValve’s toughness and work ethic and by how DeValve seemed to be off other NFL team’s radar. Coach Jackson praises DeValve as “a tremendous athlete.” For the time being, Coach Jackson anticipates DeValve playing as a tight end and sees him as having the opportunity to create mismatches. Sashi Brown, Vice President of Football Operations concurs with Jackson saying DeValve is a “willing blocker… [He] has the athleticism needed for his position.”

Welcome to Cleveland, Seth. Happy to see you made the cuts.

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