Browns GM Andrew Berry has made another smart offseason move, 10 short days before the season opener. Knowing that the defense needs more weapons and riddled with injuries, the Browns traded with the Jacksonville Jaguars for safety Ronnie Harrison in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick.
The former 2018 third-round pick out of Alabama who won two national titles (2016 and 2018) provided impressive stats in his two seasons with the Jaguars. According to clevelandbrowns.com, Harrison played in 28 games with 22 starts, and the safety recorded 103 tackles, three interceptions, 12 passes defended, three sacks and a fumble recovery. Last season, Harrison finished second in tackles with 70 and passes defended with nine. He also had two interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Harrison is headed into his third season and first with the Browns.
It’s hopeful that with this addition, the Browns Defense has grown into more of a threat. It’s no surprise that the Browns offensive side of the ball is more noticed with all of their weapons such as Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Austin Hooper, Jarvis Landry, OBJ and, of course, Baker.
But injuries have been unfortunate for the defense. The Browns’ 2020 second-round pick and former LSU National Champion safety Grant Delpit went down with a ruptured Achilles in camp last week.
With the acquisition of Harrison and last week the acquisition of linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith…even after the injury of Mack Wilson, things are looking up now that these spots are filled with the best solutions possible. Time will only tell once the Browns defense takes the field against 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson and the explosive Baltimore Ravens offense.