The Browns have signed rookie defensive back Eric Hagg to a four-year deal, Hagg told the Beacon Journal this afternoon. The Browns selected Hagg in the seventh round (248th overall) of this year's draft.
The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Hagg compiled 130 tackles, 15 pass breakups and six interceptions in his four-year career at Nebraska. As a senior in 2010, he had 49 tackles, four pass breakups, five interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was chosen as Nebraska's Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Hagg played Nebraska's "Peso" position, which is a hybrid linebacker-defensive back. Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said the Browns will put Hagg at strong safety during training camp, but they could also move him around and experiment with his versatility.
"Eric's a really smart, inside player," Jauron said. "They play at the highest level of college football in the country at Nebraska, and he was a performer for them game in and game out. He just seemed to make plays. He played some in their sub package at their nickel or dime positions, which is interesting to us. It shows he can move around. He can handle different positions, and he did a nice job there. We're excited about seeing him."