The Browns added another front office member to the team with Ivy League credentials--who by the way is just 28 years old.
Andrew Berry was named to the top spot in the personnel department as he was named executive vice president of player personnel on Wednesday. Berry will join executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta as the top evaluator of football talent. Brown went to Harvard Law School, while DePodesta is also a graduate of Harvard.
"We are fortunate to add someone of Andrew's caliber to the Cleveland Browns,” said Brown in a release. “Andrew has been part of a strong foundation in Indianapolis and possesses a tremendous understanding of what is needed to lead a successful, high functioning and comprehensive personnel group. He has been trained by some very experienced and highly successful personnel executives in the National Football League. Andrew understands what it takes to build a winning team and the individual traits that are essential in looking at each player that make up that team. Andrew's strategic and relentless approach to improving his craft and this team will positively impact our short and long-term opportunities. We are excited to welcome him to Cleveland.”
Hue Jackson added:
“Andrew will be a great leader in our personnel department,” Jackson said. “In spending time with Andrew, it is evident that he has a very strong understanding of the game. His substance and depth in his analysis of how to build a successful team and how he looks at individual players will be a great benefit to us moving forward. It is critical to not just rely on one individual but to have a leader in place that can bring together a comprehensive array of information from our talented and hard working group of scouts and raise the strategic level and success of our approach.”
Berry said he's excited about the opportunity with the Browns. “I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Browns,” said Berry. “I look forward to collaborating with Hue, Sashi, Paul (DePodesta) and the personnel staff to make the most informed decisions to benefit our organization. Hue is an outstanding coach with a diversity of expertise and proven track record of success, while I think Sashi and Paul are two of the brightest minds in all of professional sports. Jimmy and Dee (Haslam) have made it clear that they are committed to providing a winning team to the most passionate fan base in the NFL and this is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to building the perennial contender that Browns fans deserve."
Former Bills and Colts GM Bill Polian heaped praise on Berry, as well.
“Andrew Berry is one of the brightest young men we ever had the pleasure of working with," Polian said. "He came to us very early in his career and very soon we realized he was on a fast track. I am not surprised the Browns hired him for this very important position. I assure you he has both the capacity and the will to do an outstanding job. The Browns have made, in my humble opinion, a great hire.”
Berry spent seven seasons with the Colts and the last four as the team’s pro scouting coordinator. He spent his first two years with the club as a scouting assistant before being elevated to pro scout in 2011.
Berry was a four-year starter, a three-time First Team All-Ivy League selection and a two-time All-America choice at cornerback for Harvard University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in computer science in four years.