Nov 30, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats safety Ibraheim Campbell (24) stops Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Miles Osei (12) just short of the goal line during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns signed fourth-round draft pick Ibraheim Campbell, the team announced on Wednesday.
The Browns selected the 5-foot-11, 208-pound safety from Northwestern with the 115th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The versatile Campbell is open to playing either safety position with the Browns.
“When I talked to (Browns secondary coach Jeff Hafley), he kind of expressed that they liked the idea of their safeties being able to play either side because they don’t want the predictability of having a strong and a free safety because that will kind of tell your rotations and things like that,” Campbell told the team’s website. “I think the versatility that I displayed throughout college is part of the reason they liked me and took a deeper look into me.”
According to his draft profile at NFL.com, Campbell is a:
"“Trusted and respected four-year starter. Aggressive tendencies near the football. Springs into his tackles with authority, and looks to rip the ball out of ball carrier’s arms with his unusually large hands. Created four forced fumbles and had three interceptions in just 56 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. Does his job in run support, playing with leverage against perimeter runs and containment on back side. Coming from high to low, can mirror running back movement to shadow and hit. Adequate range and man coverage skills underneath. Praised by NFL scouts for his leadership and personal character. Plays on kick coverage and hands team against onside kicks.”"
At Northwestern, Campbell was a four-year starter and a team co-captain as a senior. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honor from the coaches his senior year, and finished his college career tied for third in Northwestern history with 11 career interceptions.
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While CBSSports.com says that Campbell “isn’t the biggest or fastest player on the field … he’s one of the smartest and prides himself on playing assignment sound football with as few mistakes as possible. He is very well liked in the locker room and is a four-time All-Academic Big Ten player while majoring in economics.”
The signing of Campbell brings the number of draft picks under contract to 11. In addition to Campbell, the Browns have signed offensive lineman Cameron Erving, nose tackle Danny Shelton, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, linebacker Nate Orchard, defensive lineman Xavier Cooper, defensive back Charles Gaines, fullback Malcolm Johnson, tight end Randall Telfer, wide receiver Vince Mayle and linebacker Hayes Pullard.
What role do you think Campbell will fill for the Browns?