AFC North Positional Rankings: Safety

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Aug 29, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA;Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2. Cleveland Browns

FS: Tashaun Gipson

SS: Donte Whitner

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The Cleveland Browns have an exciting duo of safeties that could be one of the NFL’s best tandems. Tashaun Gipson had an incredible 2014 season, leading the NFL with six interceptions before he was passed by

Glover Quin


sustaining a leg injury

in late November.

Tashaun Gipson burst onto the scene in 2014, intercepting six passes just a year after he picked off five passes in 2013. He’s recorded 170 tackles and 11 interceptions in the past two seasons, despite missing five games last season; he even caught a pick-six in each of the past two seasons. Gipson is one of the NFL’s best ball-hawking safeties, and he could get even better in 2015. Keep an eye out on Gipson; he could lead the NFL in picks for real if he stays healthy for the duration of the season.

Donte Whitner has a reputation of being one of the NFL’s hardest-hitting safeties, even debating a name change to “Donte Hitner.” Whitner isn’t much of a ball-hawk, but he’s a solid run0stopper and a punishing enforcer in the passing game. Whitner recorded 127 tackles last season and has an astounding 961 career tackles. Entering his 10th season, Whitner looks to continue his successful track record as the enforcer in the Browns’ defensive backfield.