Having played defensive end in two schemes, defensive tackle and even some linebacker, Billy Winn is extremely versatile. The question is how good Winn is at these positions.
The 6'4", 294-pounder was productive at Boise State, but his skill set doesn't project as elite. Winn's aforementioned versatility, though, is rare.
The National Football Post wrote this about Winn:
Winn is a bit of a tweener who will get looks as a 43 DE, a 34 DE and a 43 one gapping DT. I think he's best suited to play 34 DE as he has the power to anchor on the edge and offers some pass rush ability as well. Either way, the guy looks like a starting caliber defensive lineman in any number of schemes.
Winn is a good athlete, and he is adept at attacking gaps and making plays in the backfield. He isn't so strong against the run, however, and struggles to shed blocks.
Though he possesses an explosive first step, Winn isn't a great pass-rusher yet. He has the ability to become solid in the pass game, but he needs further refinement.
As a rookie, Winn will probably see the field as a situational player. Just don't expect to see much of him on running downs.
The Browns have two good starting defensive tackles but needed additional depth. Winn should step in on third downs and provide a solid pass rush. At the end of the sixth round, Winn was a terrific value and could be a steal for Cleveland.
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