5. D’Cota Dixon, Safety
Coming out of Wisconsin last season, safety D’Cota Dixon was seen as a solid tackler who struggled some in the passing game. That pretty much summed up the scouting report on him from Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network.
"“D’Cota Dixon projects best as a core special teams player in the NFL. Dixon lacks the turn and run skills and functional strength to stay attached to receivers in man to man coverage and also fails to show reactionary quickness needed to be an ace in zone coverage. But Dixon brings a great level of effort, sound tackling techniques and fearless approach running into the box that should offer him success at the NFL level as a player primarily featured as defensive depth and ST reps.” — Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network"
In the end, Dixon went undrafted and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up signing him but he was placed on injured reserve and never got to see the field as a rookie. Now, he finds himself on waivers as the Bucs trimmed their rosters down on Saturday.
Dixon might not have any NFL experience just yet but he could be a decent pick up for the Browns. Not only could he help as a solid special teams ace but there’s also a chance he could step into the hybrid safety/linebacker role in Joe Woods defense one day should they be able to develop his skill set.
Cleveland did add Ronnie Harrison in a trade recently, so the safety position is looking much better but they could still use some more depth.