The Cleveland Browns have made some splash moves on defense this offseason in hiring coveted defensive coordinator Ray Horton, paying big money to free agent pass rushers Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant, and drafting linebacker Barkevious Mingo with their first round pick.
While the Browns’ pass rush should be significantly better because of these acquisitions, the secondary has more questions.
Strong safety TJ Ward has been very good for an under-publicized Browns team since he came into the NFL two years ago. But while he’s already penciled in as one of the starters at safety, the other starting position is up in the air.
Even though Tashaun Gipson is seen as the incumbent starter because he started three games last season, Brandon Gries from Cleveland.com has another candidate for the free safety job in mind.
“This season, [Johnson] Bademosi is expected to not only contribute on special teams, but to challenge Tashaun Gipson for the starting free safety job.”
Bademosi, a rookie out of Stanford last season, has the athleticism and football IQ to be a starting safety in the NFL. Jacob Leister elaborates from the same website:
“All in all, Johnson Bademosi is a very gifted football player with extremely high upside. It is evident when watching Bademosi’s special teams contributions that he has lots of talent and he could certainly bring some value at the free safety position in the Browns’ new defense.”
No matter how good the Browns front seven is, it doesn’t matter if receivers are running wide open downfield. Apparently, Johnson Bademosi could end up being first in line to keep that from happening.