This Off-Season Joe Haden got the type of contract only reserved for the best of the best. For the Browns Haden has been a leader on defense, in the locker room and in the community. This off-season Haden has finally started to really receive recognition nationally as shown by being ranked #39 overall by NFL.com’s ranking of the Top 100 players in the league. This link will take you to the well done video regarding Haden. (Opens in New Window)
The Browns official Twitter account also sent out this well put together tweet and photo:
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 19, 2014
Haden’s style and “magnetism” are icing on a solid cake of cornerback play. His 68 career pass break ups is stellar and the Browns are counting on him to continue his development. He struggled some against double moves but can easily improve that issue.
Mike Pettine will put Haden out on an island and he will have to earn his new big contract. Haden has shown that he is up to the challenge. That will allow Pettine to roll coverage towards rookie Justin Gilbert and Buster Skrine as well as bring pressure from a variety of angles. As Gilbert progresses the Browns will have one of, if not the best, cornerback tandems in the AFC and soon the whole NFL.
Josh Gordon was used for the NFL.com piece and talked about being drawn to Joe. Hopefully Haden can take Gordon under his wing and work him through some of the immaturity that has plague Gordon. The possible suspension is damaging off the field as well as on, since Gordon will not be allowed in the team facility and with his teammates. Hopefully Haden can come through once again for the Browns, with another deflection.
What do you think of his 39th place ranking? Too high? Too low?