In a recent article published by Bleacher Report, Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall was named a “young player that could still blossom into a star.”
A big part of the Cleveland Browns‘ plans this off-season to turn around the organization was to add a bunch of young, talented players that can be a big part of the future of the franchise.
Cleveland acquired Randall from the Green Bay Packers for DeShone Kizer while also swapping draft picks. Randall was acquired on the same day as Landry and Tyrod Taylor. Understandably, he was not the biggest move at that time.
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With the Browns making a bunch of signings in free agency and some big selections in the draft, Randall’s presence got lost in the shuffle. But to some analysts, he has the potential to become a star in Cleveland’s defense.
Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski recently listed 12 young players that still have the potential to become stars, with the Cleveland safety making the list.
"Randall’s sideline-to-sideline speed and ball skills will allow Jabrill Peppers to move to strong safety. That will give defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a highly athletic duo to utilize in numerous different looks."
When Randall played his college ball at Arizona State, he made his impact as a safety. But when the Packers drafted him in 2015, they saw him as a play-making cornerback that has the ball skills to make quarterbacks pay for mistakes.
Although Randall has shown those ball skills in the NFL with ten interceptions in his career, he did not become the shutdown corner the Packers wanted him to become. So after being traded to the Browns, he is back in the position that he is most comfortable in.
At safety, Randall will have the ability to see the whole field and be able to make plays across the whole field. His prowess for making plays on the ball could help him become one of the best ball-hawk safeties in the NFL, which is likely why Sobleski sees him potentially blossoming into a star.
Moving Randall to free safety will also allow Jabrill Peppers to move closer to the line of scrimmage, where he is also more comfortable. Adding Randall helped the Browns fill two big needs: finding a ball hawk free safety and getting Peppers into a position to make more plays.
But with Randall’s ball skills, he has the ability to transform Cleveland’s defense. If he can make plays on a consistent basis and creates turnovers, he does have the potential to become a star in the league.