2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Safety Eric Berry


The Cleveland Browns have the 7th pick in the upcoming 2010 NFL Draft, which leaves them plenty of opportunities. It’s also impossible to count on your hands the number of needs this team currently has. Therefore, in the coming weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, we will be profiling some players that could potentially fit into the Browns’ draft plans.

Eric Berry (Safety, Tennessee Vols) – 6-0, 194 lbs., 4.35 40

Eric Berry was pretty much the premier safety in the country while playing for the Tennessee Volunteers, racking up numerous awards and wowing crowds with his speed and highlight reel plays on opposing teams.  Being that Berry is a member of the secondary (he could play either safety or cornerback), he is absolutely a player that the Browns can – and should – target. Granted, Cleveland does pick seventh, and it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Berry would be gone by then. However, with the amount of picks the Browns have this year (11 so far), it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for them to move up and try to grab him. But do the Browns lose picks to gain a potential Pro Bowler or use all their picks to add depth?

Berry has been described as simply being a great athlete, though he has also been praised for his ball skills and ability to not only intercept passes, but turn them into touchdowns. His physicality is something the Browns have been sorely missing in the secondary, and it is likely he would begin to bring some sort of stability to this tumultuous part of the Browns’ defense.

A consistent knock on Berry is his average height, but that shouldn’t be something of great concern because his ability to make plays and his overall instincts are not something to pass up simply because he “isn’t tall enough,” especially when he has been getting many comparisons to Baltimore’s Ed Reed.

Berry will most certainly be gone in the top 10 of this year’s NFL Draft, but the only question is, who does he go to? Can the Browns realistically draft him? With his skill set, all the options for obtaining this rare type of player should be exhausted before giving up on the possibility.

Stats

2007 – 86 total tackles (52 solo), 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 TD

2008 – 72 total tackles (44 solo), 3 sacks, 7 interceptions, 2 TDs

2009 – 83 total tackles (54 solo), 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions


Tags: 2010 NFL Draft Cleveland Browns Defense Eric Berry Needs Top Ten Pick

  • Aaron

    Problem is, Berry won’t be there at pick 7… so we’ll end up with Haden instead.

  • gobucks1

    Know that we are going to start talking about the draft, I would like to take a second just to point out that the 4 game winning streak to end the season really hurt us more than it helped us. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see the Browns winning some games, but to win them at the end of a bad season definitely hurt us when it comes to the draft. After the WIN OVER THE STEELERS(the one win that was worth winning) the worst would have been drafting was 2nd. Which meant we would have been in the running for a player like Suh, McCoy(Gerald out of OU), or Berry. But by winning the remaining games we have all, but lost the chance to draft any of these players(which are projected to be immediate impact players). I agree that we have a lot of holes to fill, but who is worthy of drafting at 7th overall. CB- not traditionally taken this high, and Haden(Florida) from what I hear is going to be this year’s Crabtree. RT- none worthy of this high of a pick. Some think QB-Bradshaw/Clausen will probably be gone, and besides that this QB draft class is fairly weak. Safety- as I stated earlier Berry will probably be gone. Mayes(USC)not projecting well after having weakness exploited this year(I will say this about Mayes, if he is available in the 2nd round, we have to take him. He may have weakness, but they can all be taught. He has the natural ability, and is a big time hitter!) The one hole that I think we can fill is linebacker by selecting Rolando McClain(Alabama). He is an absolute playmaker that is all over the field, and the only LB that I’ve seen in years that could end up being a Ray Lewis type of player!

    Now, to the task at hand. Eric Berry. I hope that we get the opportunity, and he ends up falling to us. I think he is the next big thing(Defensively) in this league. He is aggressive, fast, and plays bigger than his size. He is a ball hawk, and has great instincts. He has pretty good cover skills and is able to help stop the run. The only thing that does worry me is his size. I know I just said he plays bigger than he is, but is his body going to be able to hold up. He likes to lay the lumber, but he is going to be a little undersized for a safety in this league. I wouldn’t be surprized to see him switched to a CB in the pros. His size wouldn’t be an issue, and he has the speed to keep up with receivers. With the right team and coaching staff he could be on Revis’s level as a shutdown corner within 2 years!!!

  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    I am not in favour of drafting a quarterback. And I do not think that Holmgren is either.

    We have a huge problem at right tackle. We need another good linebacker who could also play on the end. I don’t agree that we NEED a big running back. And we need help in the secondary.

    IF Berry is available in the first round, we will take him. But he won’t be because, even if he slips past the first four picks, the Chiefs will take Berry at number five (they need him even more than the Browns do). Hayden is the best corner available, and we probably should select him if he is still on the board in the first round.

  • gobucks1

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/rumors/post/Ravens-disagreeing-with-QB-Troy-Smith-s-trade-re?urn=nfl,217856&post_comment=1&success=1

    This has nothing to do with the draft or Berry, and for that I apologize, but I found this article on Yahoosportsrumors. It is about Troy Smith of the Ravens asking for a trade. In the article it reveals that recently Troy Smith has made it be known that he WANTS to play for Cleveland! As some of you may recall, I brought this up a month or two ago. I am a HUGE fan of this idea!!!! I wanted the Browns to draft him coming out of college. HE HAS ALL THE TOOLS!!! He is accurate, has a big arm, athletic, good pocket presence, leadership, and he is a WINNER!!!! The only big game he lost in college was the 06′ championship, and if you watched that game, you know it wasn’t his fault. HIS Buckeyes stomped Quinn’s Irish into the ground in a bowl game. He had won the starting job over Flacco(in his rookie season) before he got extremely sick and lost 22+lbs. in a week. By the time he got back into playing shape Flacco had proved he could play. We could get him cheap(Probably a 4th round pick or lower if we throw in DA!!!) That would free up Quinn to be tossed in to sweetin the pot if we make a move for Peppers. Then pick up some vet or something as a back up. Now I’m sure there are those of you out there saying he is too small(6’0), but let me ask you this: How tall is Drew Brees? You know the QB that has just led the Saints to the Super Bowl!!! He is 6’0!!

    I doubt this happens, and maybe I’m just partial to Smith because he’s a former Buckeye, but I know he can play in this league and who ever gets him will get a rising star of a QB!!!!! I am interested to hear what you guys think.

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