Rookie Safety Larry Asante Makes Push to Start for Cleveland Browns

June 4, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Coach Eric Mangini has gone on the record as saying he would definitely be open to starting two rookie safeties.
According to Mangini, "If they’re the best guys, you may take some lumps early because they are rookies, but typically those guys continue to move up and excel as they play and gain experience.”
That leaves the door cracked open for Nebraska rookie Larry Asante to shoulder his way right through it.
Asante is a 6'0", 211-lb. rookie safety who was a fifth round pick out of Nebraska in April's NFL draft. Many publications had him rated higher than Browns second round choice T.J. Ward.
While at Nebraska, he averaged more than 70 tackles a year and was a consistent, durable force at the strong safety position.
As a draft prospect, the scouting reports on Asante listed him as a prototypical, big-hitting, in the box safety who is an excellent tackler and teammate. He is durable, smart, and possesses a high football IQ.
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