Browns Rumor: Sign Former Cowboys Cornerback
While the off-season doesn’t go into full swing until after the Super Bowl, a new Cleveland Browns rumor says that they have signed a former Cowboys cornerback, Micah Pellerin:
Pellerin was on the Cowboys practice squad last year in his second season in the league. The 6 foot tall corner out of Hampton played in 5 games total his rookie season, 2 with the Cowboys and 3 with the Tennessee Titans.
Not exactly the resume of a player fans should be overly excited about but the undrafted player has some physical gifts that could lead to him playing a role for the Browns, both on defense and special teams.
NFL.com lists the following as his strengths coming out of college:
"STRENGTHSPellerin has speed and is a very technical defender in his back pedal and can ignite a powerful drive leg to come forward out of his back pedal and drive on the ball. As a cover guy, he likes to play off, probably too far off for the next level, but he is good to turn and run in a receivers hips once he gives up his cushion. He has speed to recover when beat initially off the line playing press and is an athlete when it comes to making a play on the ball."
Sounds like the kind of corner that Mike Pettine could work with. In his two seasons in the league he has likely improved but has what looks like some raw abilities that could be harnessed to be serviceable, not everyone has to be a star to be helpful.
They also listed his weaknesses:
"WEAKNESSESPellerin would be a developmental project for the team that selects him and wouldn’t be a great option to play early and often. He isn’t physical in run support and struggles to get off blocks. This will be a major problem for him at the next level."
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Not physical in run support and doesn’t play press would tend to be turn offs for a Pettine run defense. However the Browns saw enough in him to take a peak at him this off-season.
Little, if anything, is committed to Pellerin if he does sign. Worst case scenario he is a camp body who gets some time to show what he can do and gets cut. Best case scenario is he joins an interesting, young talented group of defensive backs in Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert, Pierre Desir, K’Waun Williams and possibly Buster Skrine.
Always good to have another 6′ corner with speed around, especially with all of the bigger receivers in the league. Pellerin is a player to watch as the Browns go to camp. Pettine and his staff coached up Williams, Desir and Skrine to play better than many expected and might be able to do the same with Pellerin.
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