Cleveland, Ohio – There was certainly no livelier player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft than new Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey.
From the jump, it was apparent the Browns were getting a high-energy player who prides himself on bringing the “dawg mentality” to the Dawg Pound. It came as a surprise to many that Winfrey dropped out until day three of the draft, but he didn’t have to wait long in the fourth round to hear his name called as the Browns made him the post’s third pick. -noon.
A player who started his career at the Junior College level, Winfrey transferred to Norman, Oklahoma, where he played the last two seasons of his college career. He then went to Reese’s Senior Bowl, where he wiped out the competition in Mobile, Alabama. Overall, Winfrey was named the Most Valuable Player of the Week at the All-Star event.
An indispensable talent in a struggling defensive tackle room, Winfrey has a chance to make a name for the Browns along their defensive interior. Here, we’ll dive into who Winfrey is and what he brings to the field.
What have the experts said about the new Cleveland Browns DT?
Watching The Beast, written by The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, Winfrey is held in high esteem:
“A two-year starter at Oklahoma, Winfrey lined up at the nose guard in former defensive coordinator Alex Grinch’s basic 3-3-5 scheme. It was hard to get an accurate read on him in the Sooners slant front, however, his skills went wild in the Senior Bowl and allowed him to show scouts his flashes of dominance. Winfrey has a towering frame and length that no blocker wants to deal with, playing with the shock in her hands to shake off blockers or throw bodies out of her way. His tendency to play high and his inability to slouch and be flexible lead to missed plays in the backfield. Overall, Winfrey needs to improve her pad level and game discipline, but her size, energy, and hand power help her terrorize blockers. He has NFL starting level traits.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlien adds:
“Winfrey looks the part and will impress with his body type at the NFL Scouting Combine. However, he is often behind on the ball. A tight bottom half and disappointing side agility make him a liability against blocking patterns movements. He does, however, have an explosive start and heavy hands. His flashes in the Senior Bowl improved his draft stock and got teams noticed. He has random elements to his game, but he has good rotational value with a chance to become an eventual starter.
Below is the report I personally wrote about Winfrey:
— Cory (@realcorykinnan) April 30, 2022
We take a closer look at the old Sooner here.