BEREA--The Browns drafted their first defensive back in the fourth-round and he is one tough hombre.
Derrick Kindred played the whole season with a broken collar bone. Kindred was given the option of having surgery and missing the season or playing through it.
"I had no surgery and decided to play with it and felt the team needed me," Kindred said in a conference call after he was drafted. "I took the risk of playing through it with it hurt. Every time I made a tackle, I didn't always feel it because of all the padding, but after the games I was in a lot of pain and had to take medication for it."
Losing both of their starters from last year in Tashaun Gipson (free agent) and Donte Whitner (released), the Browns needed some reinforcements at safety. Last year's fourth-round pick Ibraheim Campbell and Jordan Poyer are the early favorites to start the season.
Kindred was taken with their third pick in the fourth-round.
Kindred (5-10, 210) was second on the team with 87 tackles and had two interceptions, including a 60-yard return for a touchdown.
Kindred said he feels he is versatile enough to play both positions, free safety and strong.