Crocker Dealt for Draft Choice

According to a report published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Browns have deal safety Chris Crocker to the Atlanta Falcons for a fourth-round draft choice. Details forthcoming...

UPDATE 10:30: The AP has also published a story and refers to the pick obtained as an "undetermined second-day pick". Here's the story.

According to a report published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Falcons have traded for Browns starting safety Chris Crocker. The deal gains the Browns an additional fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft. There is no official confirmation of the trade from the Browns organization at this time.

Crocker was a surprise third-round draft choice out of Marshall for the Browns in the 2003 draft, where the Browns felt he was playing out of position at safety. After a trial at cornerback, Crocker was moved back to safety in 2004.

Crocker had his best season in 2005, where his starting role alongside Brian Russell yielded 81 tackles (50 solo) and two interceptions. Crocker also appeared to become one of the team's harder hitters in the defensive backfield, occasionally delivering impressive hits on running backs from the safety position or being used on blitzes late in the season, an a strategy which paid off with two sacks for Crocker.

The move solidifies the roles of last year's second-round pick Brodney Pool, and reduces the competition for remaining safeties Sean Jones and Brian Russell. The Browns have also been rumored to have an interest in free agent safeties this off-season, although they have not entered into serious negotiations with any to date.

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