The Browns selected Nebraska defensive back Eric Hagg today in the seventh round (No. 248) of the 2011 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Hagg was the Browns' final pick of the draft.
Hagg played Nebraska's "Peso" position, which is a hybrid linebacker-defensive back. Pro Football Weekly projects him as a free safety in the NFL.
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 answered some questions from the Browns' media relations staff after he was picked. Here is a transcript from the conversation:
Quotes from Browns defensive back Eric Hagg 4-30-11
(On what he knows about the Browns) -- “I really don’t know too much. 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.”
(On how it felt to get drafted and if he had any indication that the Browns would take him) -- “I had no indication. 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.”
(On what position he feels best fits him) -- “The position I played at Nebraska was the nickel position. 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.”
(On his playing style) -- “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.”