Ibraheim Campbell (#24), the 5-foot-11, 220-pound strong safety out of Northwestern, was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 115th overall pick. He is the first NU player to be drafted since 2012. (collegepressbox.com)
By Megan Hart
Ibraheim Campbell, a four-year starter at safety for Northwestern, was chosen by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 115th overall pick. He is the first Northwestern player to be drafted since 2012.
The Browns took the 5-foot-eleven, 210-pound Campbell with their sixth pick in the
draft. He was the first defensive back the team selected. According to Browns senior staff writer Andrew Gribble,
Campbell could play either strong or free safety in the teams’ 3-4 defense.
“This is one of the best opportunities in the world to play in the National Football League,” Campbell told Fox Sports. “It’s a huge honor to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns. I know they have a great secondary and am anxious to be a part of it.”
Campbell, the 2014 team captain at Northwestern, earned second-team All-Big 10 honors last season after wrapping the year with 54 tackles, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.
“It’s amazing and it’s great to hear his name finally called,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald told NU Athletic Communications. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for him.”
Campbell came off the draft board earlier than any Northwestern player has since 2010 when defensive end Corey Wootton was selected with the 109th overall pick by the Chicago Bears.