Sure, this is a late round pick, but the front office must be really excited about finding a backup defensive tackle, eh? This time around in the sixth round it is DT Billy Winn from Boise State, who stands about 6-feet-4-inches and was graded much higher overall by the scouts. He was ranked as the No. 96 overall prospect by ESPN, significantly higher than Cleveland’s third round selection of John Hughes.
Winn picked up 33 tackles last season along with eight tackles for loss and three sacks. He is a bit smaller for most defensive tackle prospects at only 294 lbs, but has impressive speed, is an outgoing personality, is a disruptive run defender and has active hands.
Honestly, it seems Winn could have been the pick in the third round and folks would have been much happier. Either way, this seems to be a solid pick of a productive player who might have just slipped because he isn’t the ideal size and lacks prototypical upper body strength.
On ESPN, Todd McShay said there likely were durability or medical issues with Winn that led him to the sixth round. McShay said Winn was never really that productive in college, but his initial burst against the run is his best value.
After these recent back-to-back picks, the Browns are up again for a pair of compensatory picks at the seventh round (38th and 40th).