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Damarious Randall

Damarious Randall
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Randall with the Cleveland Browns in 2018
Free agent
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1992-08-29) August 29, 1992 (age 29)
Pensacola, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Pensacola
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Player stats at NFL.com

Damarious Wayne Randall (born August 29, 1992) is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football at Arizona State and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Early years

Randall played as a cornerback, safety, and wide receiver and returned punts and kickoffs at Pensacola High School, earning all-state recognition as a senior and all-conference honors as a junior and senior. He helped lead the team to a Class 3A title as a senior in 2009, when the Tigers outscored their opponents 95-13 in the postseason. He also lettered all four years in baseball as a shortstop and four years in track & field, participating in the long jump (23'11") and the 4x100 relay (44.10 seconds).

College career

Randall played college baseball at Butler Community College for a year before transferring to Mesa Community College to play college football.[1] He saw his first action in 2012 and recorded 69 tackles, ten interceptions and five total touchdowns. The next year, he transferred to Arizona State University. He entered his first year at Arizona State and missed the first four games because of a lower leg injury and then started the rest of the season and recorded 71 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown.[2][3] As a senior in 2014, Randall started all 13 games. He finished the year with a team-leading 106 tackles, three interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, one sack and a touchdown.[4]

Professional career

On December 14, 2014, it was announced that Randall accepted his invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.[5] On January 24, 2015, Randall played in the Reese's Senior Bowl and recorded a tackle and a pass breakup as part of Arizona Cardinals' head coach Ken Whisenhunt's North team that defeated the South 34-13.[6] Randall was one of 54 defensive backs that attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed all of the combine drills and finished eighth among defensive backs in the vertical jump and tenth among his position group in the 40-yard dash and three-cone drill.[7] On March 6, 2015, Randall attended Arizona State's pro day, along with Jaelen Strong, Marcus Hardison, Jamil Douglas, Taylor Kelly, and eight other prospects. He chose to stand on his combine numbers and only ran positional drills for scouts and team representatives from all 32 NFL teams.[8] During the draft process, Randall attended private visits and workouts with 11 NFL teams, including the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, and Cleveland Browns.[9][10][11][12] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Randall was projected to be a late first round or second round pick by NFL draft experts and analysts.[13][14][15] He was ranked the top safety prospect in the draft by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, was ranked the top free safety in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, was ranked the second best safety by NFL analyst Charles Davis, and was ranked the seventh best safety by Sports Illustrated.[16][17][18][19]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
5 ft 10+78 in
(1.80 m)
196 lb
(89 kg)
30+14 in
(0.77 m)
8+58 in
(0.22 m)
38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
All values from NFL Combine[13]

Green Bay Packers

2015

The Green Bay Packers selected Randall in the first round (30th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[21] He was the first safety selected in 2015 and was the highest draft pick from Arizona State since Terrell Suggs in 2003.[22] On June 16, 2015, the Packers signed Randall to a four-year, $7.91 million contract that includes $5.96 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.0 million.[23][24]

Randall during the Packers' 2015 training camp

Despite playing safety in college, the Packers drafted him with plans to strictly play him at cornerback.[25] He entered training camp slated as the third cornerback on the depth chart behind Sam Shields and Casey Hayward.[26] Head coach Mike McCarthy officially named him the third cornerback to start the regular season.[27]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Packers' season-opening at the Chicago Bears and recorded one tackle and two pass deflections during their 31-23 victory. On October 18, 2015, Randall earned his first career start and recorded a season-high seven solo tackles and deflected two passes during the Packers' 27-20 victory against the San Diego Chargers. During the game Randall deflected a game-tying touchdown pass by Philip Rivers and earned Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week for his performance.[28] In Week 8, he made seven combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made his first career interception off a pass attempt by Peyton Manning in Green Bay's 29-10 loss at the Denver Broncos. The following week, Randall started at outside cornerback in place of Sam Shields, who suffered a shoulder injury the previous week.[29] Randall collected five solo tackles, deflected two passes, and intercepted Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton during a 37-29 loss. In Week 12, Randall made two solo tackles in a 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. He left the game after suffering a knee injury and was inactive for Week 13.[30] On December 20, 2015, he made his fifth start in place of Sam Shields and recorded seven combined tackles, deflected a pass, and returned an interception by Derek Carr for a 43-yard touchdown in the Packers' 30-20 victory at the Oakland Raiders. It marked the first touchdown of Randall's career. He finished his rookie season with a career-high 58 combined tackles (53 solo), 14 pass deflections, three interceptions, and a touchdown in 15 games and nine starts.[31]

The Packers finished second in the NFC North the 2015 season with a 10-6 record. On January 10, 2016, Randall started in his first career playoff game and recorded eight combined tackles and defended a pass in a 35-14 win at the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wildcard game. The following week, he made three combined tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted a pass attempt by Carson Palmer during a 26-20 loss at the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional round.[31]

2016

Throughout training camp, Randall competed against Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter for the vacant starting cornerback position after Casey Hayward departed for the San Diego Chargers in free agency.[32][33] He was named the starting cornerback along with Sam Shields to start the regular season.[34]

He started the Packers' season-opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars and recorded a season-high six solo tackles and two pass deflections during a 27-23 victory. On September 25, 2016, he made two combined tackles, defended a pass, and returned an interception by Matthew Stafford 44-yards in the Packers' 34-27 victory against the Detroit Lions. He suffered a groin injury in Week 4 and was inactive the following week. On October 16, 2016, Randall made two solo tackles in a 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He aggravated his groin injury and missed the next five games (Weeks 7-11) after undergoing surgery.[35] On December 11, 2016, Randall made five combined tackles, deflected two passes, and intercepted Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson twice during a 37-10 victory.[36] Randall finished the 2016 season with 39 combined tackles (35 solo), nine pass deflections, and three interceptions in ten games and nine starts.[37]

The Packers finished atop the NFC North with a 10-6 record. On January 8, 2017, Randall made five combined tackles three pass deflections, and an interception during their 38-13 NFC Wildcard victory over the New York Giants. After defeating the Dallas Cowboys, the Packers were defeated by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship.[37]

2017

Head coach Mike McCarthy named Randall the starting cornerback, along with Davon House, after the Packers chose not to re-sign Sam Shields.[38]

He started the Packers' season-opener against the Seattle Seahawks and recorded a season-high six solo tackles and a pass breakup in their 17-9 victory. On October 8, 2017, Randall made one tackle, deflected a pass, and returned an interception by Dak Prescott for a 21-yard touchdown during the Packers' 35-31 victory at the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 7, he collected three combined tackles, broke up a pass, and made an interception during a 26-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. It was his third consecutive game with an interception.[39] On December 22, 2017, the Packers placed Randall on injured/reserve for the remainder of the season after he suffered a knee injury.[40] He finished the 2017 season with 47 combined tackles (38 solo), nine pass deflections, four interceptions, and a touchdown in 14 games and 12 starts.[39]

Cleveland Browns

Randall playing for the Browns in 2019.

2018

On March 9, 2018, the Packers agreed to trade Randall to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for DeShone Kizer and a swap of both fourth and fifth-round draft picks.[41] The deal became official on March 14, 2018, at the start of the NFL year.[42] On April 30, 2018, the Browns exercised the fifth-year option on Randall's contract.[43] In week 4 against the Oakland Raiders, Randall intercepted quarterback Derek Carr and made 6 tackles in the 45-42 overtime loss.

2019

On November 14, 2019, Randall was ejected after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson. The Browns still celebrated a 21-7 win over the Steelers.[44]

Las Vegas Raiders

On April 7, 2020, the Las Vegas Raiders signed Randall to a one-year contract.[45] He was released on September 4, 2020.[46]

Seattle Seahawks

On September 30, 2020, Randall was signed to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad.[47] He was elevated to the active roster on October 3 and October 10 for the team's weeks 4 and 5 games against the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[48][49] He was promoted to the active roster on October 21.[50] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on January 2, 2021,[51] and activated four days later.[52]

The Seahawks re-signed Randall on April 9, 2021, and moved him to cornerback.[53] He was released on August 31, 2021.[54]

NFL career statistics

Regular season statistics
Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2015 GB 15 9 58 53 5 0.0 0 '66 3 47 15.7 43 1 0 0
2016 GB 10 9 39 35 4 0.0 0 9 3 91 30.3 44 0 0 0
2017 GB 14 12 47 38 9 0.0 0 9 4 35 110.6 21 1 0 0
2018 CLE 15 15 85 72 13 0.0 0 9 4 59 14.8 50 0 0 0
2019 CLE 11 11 61 45 16 2.5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 65 56 290 243 47 2.5 0 47 14 232 16.6 50 2 0 0
Source: NFL.com
Postseason statistics
Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2015 GB 2 2 11 7 4 0.0 0 2 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2016 GB 3 1 12 11 1 0.0 0 3 1 78 78.0 78 0 0 0
Total 5 3 23 18 5 0.0 0 5 2 78 39.0 78 0 0 0
Source: pro-football-reference.com

Personal life

Early in his tenure with the Browns, Randall incited anger from Clevelanders by openly cheering for the Golden State Warriors to defeat the hometown Cavs in the NBA Finals. As a make-good, he offered to purchase jerseys for everyone who retweeted one of his posts if the Cavs did indeed go on to win the championship (they did not win[55]).[56] That tweet became the most re-tweeted ever for a professional athlete,[57] and in 2020 is the 23rd most re-tweeted tweet of all time.

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