Browns release former Golden Flash Ishmaa’ily Kitchen



Senior defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen works out in the fieldhouse on March 4. The Youngstown native is a top prospect for the NFL draft. Photo by Brian Smith.

Ian Flickinger

The Cleveland Browns parted ways with Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, a three-year mainstay on the Browns defensive line, last Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the final week of the NFL preseason.

The 6’1, 330-pound Kitchen went undrafted in 2012 after five years at Kent State. The Browns signed Kitchen off the waiver wire after he failed to make the Baltimore Ravens as a camp invite.

Kitchen appeared in 40 contests for the Browns, starting three at nose tackle last sea- son and racking up a career-high 43 tackles.

The Browns listed Kitchen third on the depth chart at nose tackle behind Phil Tay- lor (since released) and rookie Danny Shel- ton, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 Draft.

The four-year letterman appeared in 45 games as a Golden Flash, starting six games at nosetackle his senior year. Kitch- en finished his college career with 65 tack- les, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. Kitchen also participated in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game his senior year.

The Mahoning Valley native led Youngstown Cardinal Mooney to two state titles (his sophomore and senior years) in high school, compiling a 48-4 record on his way to being voted All- Northeast Ohio, All-Steel Valley Confer- ence and All-Ohio.

The NFL’s mandatory cutdown to the 53-man game roster is Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

Ian Flickinger is the Sports Editor at The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected]