With their third selection in the fourth round, the Browns picked S Derrick Kindred with pick No. 129. Kindred is a 5-foot-10, 207-pound senior safety from TCU. In 13 games last season, he posted 87 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, five passes defended and two forced fumbles. He is a tough player, playing all 13 games last year with a broken collarbone that he suffered three days before the season began. The Browns lost both their starting safeties from last season, Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner, so this pick is definitely one that fills a big need.
Mel Kiper of ESPN has Kindred as the 21st ranked safety in the 2016 NFL Draft. Take a look at what NFL.com has to say about the newest Browns safety:
STRENGTHS: Compact build with aggressive field demeanor. Will drop bombs on ball carriers and receivers when he gets his chance. Accelerates through his targets for maximum pop. Has toughness and strength of an NFL box safety. Decent straight-line speed from the hash and as a downhill tackler. Has some cover talent if matched up underneath. Had 21 passes defensed and eight interceptions over last two seasons. Plays on both punt and kick coverage teams and loves to intimidate with big hits on return men.
WEAKNESSES: At times will opt to chop runner’s legs from under them over wrapping up. Big hit hunting has consequences. Missed 16 tackles last year and 26 over last two seasons, in part, due to issues with direction change. Can be juked in open field. Glides toward perimeter run support and creating high-risk tackle angles and diving attempts. Hip stiffness and inconsistency with deep ball responsibilities are major concerns in deep coverage.
Here are a couple highlight plays made by the newest Browns safety during his college career:
2016 Cleveland Browns Draft Picks
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