With the Browns final pick, a compensatory pick late in the 7th round, they selected Eric Hagg. Hagg is a safety who was a regular feature of the Nebraska Corn Husker's defense for the past 3 years. This 6-4, 204 lb safety recorded 130 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 6 interceptions in his college career.
Positives: Has above-average size for the position, good bulk for his frame... Has good pop in his pads, is big enough to jar the ball loose and punish opposing ball carriers... Durability not an issue, has not missed any substantial time due to injury... Is a versatile defensive back, can line up at either strong safety or free safety... Has decent range and pretty good fluidity for his size... Instincts are solid, flows well with the play and generally knows where he is supposed to be, is smart and heady... Will make a good teammate and character guy at the next level.
Negatives: Did not really impress at the Senior Bowl, looked slow and a bit out of place... Did not run well at the combine... Not much of a playmaker, did record five interceptions in 2010, but did not have much of a statistical impact before that season... Needs to do a better job of locating the football, ball skills are just adequate at best... Not very quick, change-of-direction skills and agility are lacking... Doesn’t seem like a center-field safety, will not have the range in the NFL to cover the whole deep portion of the field.
The Browns were in need of help at safety so this pick should fill a need should Hagg develop into a starter.