The Cleveland Browns needed to make a move following the season-ending injury to rookie safety Grant Delpit.
The organization went out and acquired Ronnie Harrison from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2020
This is a big addition for the Browns since they didn’t have a ton of depth at safety.
The Browns brought in Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo this offseason, which is now looking like a great move by the front office.
There are a couple of things that Browns fans might not know about Harrison.
3. He Won A Championship At Alabama
The Browns want to bring a winning culture back to Cleveland and Harrison might be able to help with that.
He won a National Championship at Alabama alongside two of his new teammates in Mack Wilson and Jedrick Wills.
During that time, both Harrison and Wills were starters during their playoff run.
They ended up pulling off the win in the title game over the Georgia Bulldogs.
Harrison was later selected in the third round by the Jaguars.
His past relationship with Wilson and Wills should be good for the Browns going forward.
Clearly, they played well together in college, so hopefully that carries over to the professional level.
2. Harrison Was A Dual-Threat Quarterback
Harrison grew up in Tallahassee, Florida before attending Florida State University School.
He was always an elite defender, but was a dual-threat quarterback as well.
During his time at quarterback, he threw for 2,076 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and rushed for 1,015 yards with 16 scores.
Obviously, his days as a quarterback are over, but maybe the Browns can work in some trick plays with Harrison under center.
The Browns should be fine with Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum at quarterback.
Maybe Harrison can be used in an emergency situation, but hopefully it never comes to that.
It appears he made the right call by staying at safety since he’s coming off a breakout season in 2019.
3. Harrison Became A Key-Starter In 2019
Harrison has only spent two seasons in the league, but quickly became an important piece on defense in Jacksonville.
He took over the starting strong safety spot mid-way through his rookie season.
The Jags demoted veteran Barry Church, which let Harrison move into a starting role and he ran away with it.
Sadly, he was forced to miss the final two games of the season due to a knee issue.
Harrison returned as a key-starter for the Jaguars defense in 2019.
He collected 71 tackles, nine passes defended, and two interceptions through 14 games last season.
It’s quite surprising that the Browns were able to acquire Harrison for only a fifth-round pick.
Jacksonville is headed towards rebuild mode, but it seems like they could’ve gained more from a player like Harrison.
Regardless, it’s a win for the Browns who get a reliable young safety to help out after the loss of Delpit.
Hopefully, Harrison can carry over the momentum from last season into 2020.