MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Former Memphis linebacker Genard Avery was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, by the Cleveland Browns with the 150thoverall pick on Saturday.
Avery, a two-time, first-team all-conference honoree, appeared in 50 career games at Memphis, including every game over his final two seasons. He set a single season record for tackles for loss with 22.0 in his final year at Memphis.
For his four-year Memphis career, Avery finished with 232 tackles, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns in 2016.
With his selection in the fifth round, Avery becomes the first Memphis linebacker to be drafted since Richard Hogans in 1997. Hogans was drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears.