3. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety
Andrew Sendejo seemed like a very smart signing this offseason. Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Barry picked up the veteran free agent to give them an experienced player that would help as Joe Woods changed defenses for the Browns. Of course, Sendejo wasn’t expected to be the starting free safety. That job was supposed to go to Grant Delpit, but the rookie tore his Achilles in training camp and that left the Browns dependant on Sendejo. And in Week 1, he wasn’t at his best.
Sendejo was beaten on several plays and missed a couple of tackles — although it’s still not fair to blame the deep pass to Hollywood Brown on the safety, that was just a fantastic play and he did all he could. The safety was also partly to blame for the failed fake punt as he missed on a block.
Of course, the Browns are also hoping that Ronnie Harrison can come in and help. Harrison was added less than two weeks before their opening game against Baltimore, so he ended up only getting three snaps in for the Browns. Harrison could be the answer, but the Browns could also look to add more depth at the position. And there’s a decent player out there who could help.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was a former first-round pick out of Alabama and while he failed to make the Cowboys roster this season, he has been a player capable of making big plays in his career. Clinton-Dix has 16 career picks and while his effort can be questioned at times, his ball skills cannot.
At this point, Clinton-Dix would be the best deep safety the Browns have. As good as Harrison can be, he’s more of a strong safety which is the same role Karl Joseph plays. HHCD would be able to play the centerfield role better than Sendejo at this point in their careers and Harrison could man the hybrid role we have heard so much about.