The Browns 2007 defensive backs were a pretty strong unit. Despite having no Pro Bowlers, the unit had some serious talent. Brodney Pool had the longest interception that season, with a 100 yard pick. Leigh Bodden was tied for 5th in the NFL in interceptions that season.
Wright started 13 games at cornerback, snagging one interception and 76 tackles. Bodden started 16 games at cornerback, racking up 88 tackles and 15 passes defended along with his six interceptions.
Jones started all 16 games at strong safety, snagging five interceptions with 96 tackles, ten passes defended, and a forced fumble. He was definitely a Pro Bowl snub that season.
Pool started all 16 games at free safety, snagging two interceptions, including his 100-yard pick six. He also had 58 tackles and six passes defended.
Holly saw six starts in 15 games, having eight passes defended, one forced fumble, and 48 tackles.
Wright started one game in seven appearances, getting six tackles. McDonald saw two starts in 16 appearances, getting two interceptions, ten passes defended, and 24 tackles.
The 2018 defensive backs group is one completely rebuilt from the season before. The group features a plethora of talent, from fourth overall pick Denzel Ward, E.J. Gaines, Terrance Mitchell, T.J. Carrie, Jabrill Peppers, Damarious Randall, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun.
Boddy-Calhoun and Peppers are the only players listed that played for the Browns in 2017. They both had lackluster seasons, despite Boddy-Calhoun showing serious potential his rookie year in 2016. Peppers is hoping to bounce back from a terrible rookie year, as he has switched from free safety to strong safety.
Gaines, Carrie, and Mitchell are all young talents the Browns acquired through free agency, but have much to prove in terms of working together. Randall is also making a position switch, like Peppers, as he is moving from cornerback to free safety.
This 2018 defensive back core has potential, but the 2007 team definitely was more talented.
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