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Former Browns First Round Pick Passes Away

Preston Carpenter, the Cleveland Browns’ first pick in the 1956 draft who made a position change after Jim Brown joined the Browns the following season, died on Thursday at age 77.

Published reports in Arkansas indicate Carpenter died of natural causes after a brief illness.

Carpenter was an Arkansas star halfback drafted by the Browns with the 13th overall pick. He rushed for 756 yards in his rookie season with Cleveland, then moved to wide receiver the next season, when Brown began his Hall of Fame career. Carpenter totaled 96 receptions for 1,368 yards and five touchdowns in his four years with the Browns.

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