Browns' Perrion Winfrey 'Coming in to Kill Right Away' With Myles Garrett

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVApril 30, 2022

Oklahoma defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey (8) defends during an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. Oklahoma won 33-14. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
AP Photo/Brandon Wade

Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey delivered an impassioned speech after being selected by the Cleveland Browns on Saturday during the fourth round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Winfrey said he's got a "dog mentality" that will allow him to thrive alongside Browns superstar edge-rusher Myles Garrett, saying he's "coming in to kill right away:"

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Cleveland got solid value on the two-time second-team All-Big 12 selection at No. 108 overall. The B/R Scouting Department ranked him as the 88th-best prospect in the 2022 class.

"Perrion Winfrey is a ball of potential," B/R's Derrik Klassen wrote. "He comes off the ball well, shows the lateral speed to rip across the line of scrimmage and flashes overwhelming upper-body power from time to time. All of those tools suggest he can be a big-time disruptor in the NFL."

Winfrey, who played for junior college Iowa Western before transferring to OU in 2020, recorded 23 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble across 11 games in his final season with the Sooners.

The 21-year-old Illinois native is still raw, but his size (6'4", 290 pounds) and power make him a high-upside prospect who could eventually make a living in the opponent's backfield.

Along with his on-field potential, Winfrey explained at the NFL Scouting Combine in March he's a natural leader who plans to "make everybody around me want to be great."

"I demand greatness out of everybody around me," he told reporters. "I don't want to be around somebody who doesn't want to be great. I don't want to be around a bunch of people who are OK with mediocrity. I like being around a bunch of dogs and a bunch of people who want to chase greatness every day."

You can feel that passion for football in Saturday's video.

Winfrey should have the opportunity to fight for a starting job right away in Cleveland. Taven Bryan, Jordan Elliott, Tommy Togiai and Sheldon Day are the team's other options at the position.

At minimum, the rookie should get a chance to see the field in passing situations.