5 Best Cleveland Browns seventh-round picks since 1999
By Randy Gurzi
5. Eric Hagg, S, 2011
Coming in at No. 5 is former Cleveland safety Eric Hagg. Born in Peoria, Arizona, Hagg ended up making his way to Nebraska to play collegiately. Once with the Cornhuskers, he found his niche as a hybrid cornerback and safety. Listed as a safety, he played just as much time in the slot as the team’s nickel corner.
In his four seasons with Nebraska, he had 130 tackles, 15 for a loss, and four sacks. He was also used on special teams as a returner and recorded a 95-yard touchdown on a punt return as a senior. His play was enough to get him a shot in the NFL as the Browns added him with the 248th overall selection in 2011.
Hagg was able to get a shot with the Browns early but didn’t last long. As a rookie, he was able to play in 10 games and had 11 tackles, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery. IN his second season, he played in 12 games and was able to record a few starts, finishing with four.
He doubled his tackle production, recording 22 on the season and added another pass defense. That ended up being his final season with Cleveland and he was out of the NFL in 2013. Hagg resurfaced with the Denver Broncos in 2014 but ended up retiring before the season began.