The Browns have two players returning from their 2020 roster that hope to have the final spots at safety locked up. But there will be competition from some undrafted free agents.
Cleveland needed a safety last season in the draft but waited until Round 4 to select Sheldrick Redwine out of Miami. He’s a hard-hitting safety that needs to improve in his coverage. He was on the field a lot as a rookie and should make a huge leap in year two. He comes in behind veteran Andrew Sendejo, but don’t be shocked if he ends up challenging him as the season goes.
Florida Tech’s J.T. Hassell came into the NFL with a great college career behind him but a long road ahead of him. As good as he was in college, he didn’t face elite competition in the Gulf South Conference. Even so, he had amazing speed and understood what his job was.
Hassel ended up making it to the Browns active roster as a rookie and he appeared in four games, finishing with seven tackles. It wasn’t much but it gives him a headstart on the competition for the fifth — and possibly final safety spot in 2020.
Fighting for a spot
Two undrafted rookies are fighting behind Redwine and Hassell as they hope to make the team.
The Browns signed Jovante Moffatt as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State this offseason. He’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 213-pounds and was very productive collegiately. Still, there’s some development needed before he’s considered for a spot on the roster, although there’s not a lot ahead of him which could help.
The Browns signed two players from Liberty this offseason with Solomon Ajayi trying to make it as a linebacker and Elijah Benton trying at safety. Benton was fantastic as a rookie and the loss of the team’s pro day hurt his chances at being signed. Like Moffatt, he could benefit from the team not being overly deep at safety as he looks to sneak into the final roster spot.