The Browns finished out their 2011 draft by selecting defensive back Eric Hagg with their seventh round selection. The 6'1, 209 lb. strong safety from Nebraska was a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers and contributed 41 solo tackles and 5 interceptions during his Senior season.
Hagg joins fifth-round draft pick Buster Skrine as the newest members of the Browns' secondary. In selecting Hagg, Browns' GM Tom Heckert has drafted Nebraska defensive backs in consecutive years. Last year, Heckert selected Hagg's former teammate Larry Asante.
After being selected by the Browns, the Peoria, Arizona native admitted that he didn't know a great deal about the Browns.
“I really don’t know too much," Hagg said. "I know Larry Asante, my ex-teammate was there for a while and then he left, I think to the Buccaneers. Other than that, that’s the only information that I know.”
Hagg also expressed some surprise when his name was called as the 248th player selected in the draft.
“I had no indication," Hagg said. "I had a couple of other teams call me and say that they were possibly going to pick me up, but to actually get the call I was in awe. I was in shock. I didn’t even believe it to be true actually.”
Hagg's selection was made with the compensatory pick the Browns were awarded earlier in the offseason.
However, despite the long odds most seventh-round draft picks face in making an NFL roster, Hagg does feature the kind of versatility that may allow him to stick with the Browns. Hagg played both safety and nickel cornerback in college.
“The position I played at Nebraska was the nickel position," Hagg said. "Most teams say it was the drop-down safety. I would assume that I would be able to play corner and safety, but it really depends on what the coaches want me to do and I will work at what they want me to do.”
As for his style of play, Hagg offered the following.
“My playing style would be close to the line of scrimmage, getting my hands on the receiver, running with them, being a little bit physical at the line and then being able to go after the ball when it’s in the air.”