After being nowhere to found in day three of the draft because of trades, the Cleveland Browns followed the same approach they had in the third round and answered another glaring need. From the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Browns selected safety, Jamoris Slaughter. This could be a great value pick by getting him in the sixth round.
It was obvious that Cleveland was not going to head in to the season with Tashaun Gipson as their starting free safety. Slaughter was the right choice if he can stay healthy. Last season for the Irish, Slaughter missed ten games due to an Achilles injury. The versatile player played in only three games in 2012, but was on pace for a great season.
Before the 2012 season, many analysts suggested that Slaughter would be second-to-third round talent. So what does Slaughter bring to the table this year and is he one hundred percent recovered? The Browns believe he is ninety percent there and with a great training camp, he could be the new starting free safety next to TJ Ward.
The thing Browns fans will like about Slaughter is his versatility. At Notre Dame, he was used not only as a safety, but also a linebacker in some packages. NFL Draft analyst, Mike Mayock had this to say about the 23 year old, “It’s true value for me for the Cleveland Browns. He’ll compete at special teams and ultimately as a free safety.”
Although Slaughter said in his press conference yesterday with the Cleveland media he would be one hundred percent come training camp, the Browns need to have a back up plan in place. That back up plan could be current veteran free agent and Ray Horton favorite, Kerry Rhodes. Hopefully, Slaughter will come in and win the job.
Ryan Ruiz is a Cleveland Browns Writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @ryanpruiz24.