The Cleveland Browns have not been shy about adding players from the SEC the past few years.
Trades brought wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and free agency added defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
During the NFL Draft, the Browns acquired offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr., linebackers Mack Wilson and Jacob Phillips, running back Nick Chubb, defensive end Myles Garrett, defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, and defensive backs Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit.
The latest addition is safety Ronnie Harrison, who the Browns rescued from the Jacksonville Jaguars last week in a trade for a fifth-round selection.
Harrison should have little trouble fitting in with Cleveland’s SEC-heavy roster and he is looking forward to getting back to winning the way he did in college at Alabama, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“(At) Alabama, I came from a winning background. I am definitely trying to get back to that. I have not been on a winning team so I feel like we have the players and the coaches to do that this year so I feel like we can get it done.
“We are all battle-tested coming from Alabama. We know how to win. We know what it takes to win. We know the process. We have been in tough situations and tough games. We have dealt with it. I feel like being back with them, it is just going to push all of us even more.”
Harrison has only been on the field for a couple of practices as the Browns prepare for Sunday’s season-opening game against the Baltimore Ravens, and head coach Kevin Stefanski said on Sunday that the coaching staff is still figuring out what Harrison can do.
But the third-year safety said he is putting in the extra work to be ready for the Ravens, according to the team’s website:
“I’m taking extra notes during the meetings and whenever coach is talking, I am writing. I am constantly adding stuff to my notes and constantly asking guys questions at practice on the field, just trying to eat everything I can up as quick as possible.
“I feel like I will be able to flash a little bit in the box and a little bit of playing deep, being versatile. Especially with the dime-package, that will allow me to get in the mix a lot, around the line, out in space and stuff like that. I am definitely ready. I feel like I can be that player. Just ready to get to work.”
Harrison may not be the same player as Delpit, who the Browns were counting on to a difference-maker before he suffered a season-ending injury to his Achilles tendon. But given his fellow championship-winning background in the SEC, Harrison will fit right in and should be able to help take the sting out of losing Delpit for the year.