The Browns selected Northwestern defensive back Ibraheim Campbell in Saturday's fourth round with the 115th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The pick was acquired in last year's trade with the Buffalo Bills that also netted the Bills' first-round pick.
Campbell, the sixth pick by the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft, is the first defensive back to join the group. The co-captain for Northwestern's 2014 team was a four-year starter who earned second-team All-Big Ten recognition as a senior and was known for his bone-crunching hits.
"I would consider myself a physical player," Campbell said. "It's a violent game, and I try to be as violent as possible in everything I do. It's something I try to approach every game with."
At 5-foot-11 and 208 pounds, Campbell projects to play either strong or free safety in the Browns' 3-4 defense.
"When I talked to (Browns secondary coach Jeff Hafley), he kind of expressed that they liked the idea of their safeties being able to play either side because they don't want the predictability of having a strong and a free safety because that will kind of tell your rotations and things like that," Campbell said. "I think the versatility that I displayed throughout college is part of the reason they liked me and took a deeper look into me."
The Philadelphia native tied for third in Northwestern history with 11 career interceptions and tied for fifth with 24 pass breakups.
As a senior, Campbell notched 54 tackles with three interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Campbell said he wasn't surprised to land with the Browns. He met with general manager and members of Farmer's player personnel staff at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.
"The coaches kind of expressed interest throughout the entire process so it wasn't really a surprise, but I'm extremely grateful, obviously," Campbell said. ""This is one of the best opportunities in the world to be able to play in the National Football League. I truly look forward to it.
"I know that they're a great secondary and I'm looking forward to being a part of it and learning from some of the older guys. I know that they have a lot to share, and I intend on learning as much as possible from them."
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