Will This Be Wimbley's Breakout Year?

gary wertmanCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 7:   Kamerion Wimbley #95 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the field during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 7, 2008 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Will Kamerion Wimbley ever reach his potential with the Browns or has he already reached it? Wimbley was the Browns 1st round  pick in the 2006 draft and came with high expectations. A college defensive end he was moved to outstide linebacker with the Browns. In his rookie year, Wimbley set a team record for rookies with 11 sacks. In the next two seasons combined he had only 9 sacks. Did the rest of the NFL figure him out? Is his lack of moves making him too predictable? Is it poor coaching?

I'm hoping it has been poor coaching that has slowed his development. Wimbley has the talent and motor to be a great pass rusher. Nobody has played harder on the Browns defense than Kamerion has the last three years. While he has improved against the run and in defending the pass, the left tackles in the league seem to have no trouble keeping him away from their QB.

With the change in coaches this year I've heard they will be moving Wimbley around on defense. Wow! I've said the same thing for the last 2 years. The Browns need to use him like Dallas does Ware. Find the mismatch and exploit it. With his speed and quickness  he could create havoc. For some reason Romeo was unable or unwilling to do this. With the Browns new attacking style defense I look for a very productive year from Kamerion. He showed the athletic ability he has his rookie year but the coaches failed to develop him further. Hopefully Mangini, Eberflus and Ryan can help him reach his full potential as well as giving our defense a big time play maker.