Browns DL Billy Winn Traded to Colts for Conditional Late Round Pick
The Indianapolis Colts announced today that the team has traded a conditional late round 2017 draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for defensive lineman Billy Winn. It’s worth noting that recently added offensive guard Robert Myers was waived in a corresponding move.
Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns lineman Billy Winn (90) before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Originally a 6th round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2012, Winn has played in 40 career games with 18 total starts. He’s coming off a season with the Browns in which he appeared in 13 games, making 5 starts while recording 31 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.
The 6’4″, 300 pound defensive lineman figures to provide additional defensive line depth in the wake of Arthur Jones season-ending ankle injury. The 4-year veteran has prior experience playing along a 3-4 defensive front with the Browns the past few seasons and has experience at each position.
According to ProFootballFocus (subscription), Winn received a +1.8 overall grade this preseason, including a +2.5 grade against the run. However last season, he received a -2.6 grade overall for the Browns with just a -3.0 grade as a pass rusher.
That combined with only 3 career sacks, and it appears that Winn is purely a two-down run-stuffing specialist with limited pass rushing projectability. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the Colts could surely use help stopping the run this season. However, expecting much more than that may be unrealistic from Winn.
Either way, here’s hoping the 26 year old can help along the Colts defensive line.
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