1. Briean Boddy-Calhoun
Briean Boddy-Calhoun is the sole survivor. He is the one defensive back who survived the shakeup from last season to this season. With a Pro Football Focus grade of 84.1 it makes sense to keep him. Boddy-Calhoun’s play was a bright spot in what was the most miserable season most Browns fans can remember.
Boddy-Calhoun is another waiver wire pickup. He was picked up off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. Since coming to the Browns, he has played both outside corner and slot cornerback. Last season he ranked second by Pro Football Focus in yards allowed per cover snap.
As the cornerback competition heats up in Berea, Boddy-Calhoun will play more than corner next season. He will cross train at free safety where the Browns struggled mightily last season.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams proclaimed last season that players would be cross trained. Apparently this season he means it.
By adding free safety to his skill set, Boddy-Calhoun could become the most important asset in the defensive back room. If he can continue his above average play at corner and add even average play at free safety to it, he will be a key piece in holding the Browns secondary together.