Browns: Top 5 safety targets in the 2018 NFL Draft

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02 (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Derwin James
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02 (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Derwin James /
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The jury is still out on Cleveland Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, and what he might bring to the table. The rookie had an up and down 2017 season. He could absolutely benefit from the Browns bringing in another safety in the 2018 NFL Draft.

As evident in our cornerback previews for the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns need help in the defensive secondary. They had one of the worst pass defenses in the league last year, especially when taking into consideration just how good their run defense was.

As far as safeties go, Cleveland used mostly Derrick Kindred and Jabrill Peppers last year, with some Ibraheim Campbell mixed in before he went out on injury.

Now, neither Peppers or Kindred had years that would be considered “good” by NFL standards. Combined, they put up 115 tackles, collected two total interceptions, and exactly zero sacks. Needless to say, these numbers don’t exactly keep opposing offenses up at night.

The Browns need both a game changer and a culture changer in the defensive backfield. An electrifying playmaker who can come in and make an immediate impact. Where could they find one?

The 2018 NFL Draft is full of safety prospects ready to help Cleveland on day one. Truthfully, this is one of the deepest and most intriguing safety classes in a very long time.

If the Browns want to really shore up their defense, they’ll need to take a safety at some point during this April’s draft. As the Scouting Combine looms ever closer, these are the top five safety prospects for the Cleveland Browns.