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Cleveland Browns pick up fifth-year option for Damarious Randall

Damarious Randall Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns will exercise the fifth-year option for cornerback Damarious Randall. The 30th overall pick in 2015 is set to start in his first season with the Browns. Randall was acquired by Cleveland in the deal that sent DeShone Kizer to Green Bay back in March. It was a move by Cleveland to build up their defense, especially in the secondary. Since they are trying to move in a different direction, moving Kizer for a good player like Randall was a good move for the Browns.

At 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Randall has played at the corner position his entire NFL career. He played safety in college for the Sun Devils and should play the position well in Cleveland. While he doesn’t necessarily have the size to play safety, he does play much larger than his size. In 39 games, the former Arizona State standout has ten picks with two of them going for touchdowns. He’s a tough, speedy defender that packs a punch when he hits. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could use Randall on corner blitzes which is something he is good at. Even though the Packers didn’t utilize him in that role.

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The free safety position seems to be the reasonable position for Damarious Randall to play. Jamar Taylor is slated to start at right cornerback and the Browns took Denzel Ward fourth overall in the NFL Draft. Lining up opposite of Jabrill Peppers gives Cleveland a far better secondary than last season.

This move by the Cleveland Browns was expected. Randall is now under team control through the 2019 NFL season. The Browns didn’t trade for Randall just to keep him for one season. They now have a solid defender on the roster for two seasons which let Cleveland focus on other positions in the draft. With the Browns determined on improving on a winless 2017 campaign, they seem to be making the right moves with their offseason acquisitions.