The difference maker: Damarious Randall
One of the better moves made by John Dorsey last season was to trade away DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Damarious Randall. A safety at Arizona State, the Packers moved Randall to cornerback for the first three seasons of his career due to his abilities in coverage.
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Randall was a solid player as he had 142 tackles and 10 interceptions in those three years, but he never seemed to hit his full potential. That’s no longer the case as he’s done exactly that with Cleveland.
The Browns moved Randall back to his natural safety spot and he was able to shine in his first season with the team. He finished with 85 tackles, four interceptions, and nine pass defenses. He also made one of the best plays of the season when he ran an intercepted ball to the sideline and handed it off to former head coach Hue Jackson.
Entering his second campaign in Cleveland, Randall is assuming the role of a leader in their secondary. He’s also trying to secure himself a long-term deal as he enters the final season of his rookie contract.
Keeping Randall in The Land won’t be cheap, but he’s a difference maker and deserves a hefty contract. Should he have another season as productive as he did in 2018, it’s going to be hard not to give him what he wants to keep him in town. It will also be hard for the Pro Bowl voters to shun him again as they did last year.