Cleveland Browns Select S Derrick Kindred
With the No. 129 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns selected TCU Safety Derrick Kindred.
Derrick Kindred played with a broken collarbone his entire senior season at TCU and still had a productive season. He started all 13 games recording 87 tackles and two interceptions. He received First Team All-Big 12 honors.
Kindred is well-built for the safety position at 5-foot-10, 207 pounds, and is a hard-hitting safety who has strong run support.
Kindred is know for his ability to stuff the run game but needs improvement in coverage according to one NFC scout on NFL.com:
"He plays it like we used to play it back in the day. He’s going to bring it to you, no doubt, but the way the league is set up now, he has to be able to cover. Probably a (special) teams guy and fourth safety."
The main takeaway from the selection is that Kindred addresses a huge need at the safety position after the losses of Tashuan Gipson and Donte Whitner. Kindred has the ability to help the Browns run defense and be an immediate contributor on special teams. The Browns are getting a tough psychical old school thumping safety to compete with Rahim Moore and Ibraheim Campbell.