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Eric Hagg penciled in as Browns new free safety

Chris Tabor, Eric Hagg AP

The Cleveland Browns have a hole to fill at free safety with the departure of Mike Adams to Denver. Second-year safety Eric Hagg is getting the first crack.

Hagg has been running with the Browns’ first-team defense throughout early OTAs, and Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms that Hagg “has the early edge” over Usama Young to start on opening day.

The Browns’ seventh-round pick in 2011, Hagg is being thrust into a significant role entering his second season. He didn’t start any games last year, appearing in ten and playing primarily on special teams.

It is a nice opportunity, though, for a promising prospect. Though he was relatively unheralded coming out of Nebraska, Hagg led the Cornhuskers with five interceptions as a senior — more than fellow draft picks Prince Amukamara (Giants) and DeJon Gomes (Redskins), who played in the same Nebraska secondary.

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9 Responses to “Eric Hagg penciled in as Browns new free safety”
  1. joemammy says: Jun 3, 2012 6:12 PM

    It’s all coming together…

    Go Browns!!!

  2. crazyphatdude14 says: Jun 3, 2012 6:17 PM

    Nebraska Fans always knew he could play. It was just whether or not the rest of the world would find out. He played a position that Bo Pelini invented called the “Peso”. It required larger DB who could play like an outside linebacker or be the nickel back on 3rd down. A great tackler with a nose for the ball and he could turn and run in coverage with a receiver. I thought Hagg was a better player than Gomes was.

  3. the24nick says: Jun 3, 2012 6:32 PM

    What’s unheralded is he lasted to the 248th pick. On a d with Suh and Prince he was the defensive MVP. Another gem by Heckert.

  4. papaweedandtrich says: Jun 3, 2012 6:40 PM

    Hagg is a big play talent with a lot of heart & upside. If he doesn’t pan out as a starter they can always switch back to Young and keep Hagg as a great backup.

    GO DAWGS!!!!!!

  5. vincentbojackson says: Jun 3, 2012 8:33 PM

    Fresh meat for Mike Wallace, AJ Green and Torrey Smith.

  6. couldntthinkofaname says: Jun 3, 2012 8:36 PM

    It’s all coming together…

    Go Browns!!!
    ______________________

    Yeah, it’s all coming together for another great four-win season!

    Go Factory of Stupid!

  7. profootballwalk says: Jun 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    We can only hope he has no sisters – and never gets married.

  8. bigswifty74 says: Jun 3, 2012 11:14 PM

    Sooner or later, they’re bound to get better. They can’t suck forever, can they?

  9. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Jun 4, 2012 4:43 AM

    couldntthinkofaname says:Jun 3, 2012 8:36 PM

    It’s all coming together…

    Go Browns!!!
    ______________________

    Yeah, it’s all coming together for another great four-win season!

    Go Factory of Stupid!
    ———————————————————-
    Very clever —- for a 4 year-old.

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