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Cleveland Browns Comprehensive NFL Draft Review: Perrion Winfrey, DL Oklahoma

The Cleveland Browns used their first fourth-round on defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey out of Oklahoma. Using historical data and watching his game film, projecting Winfrey's role with the Browns and his ceiling in the NFL.

With the 108th pick in the fourth round, the Cleveland Browns selected the first of three players from the University of Oklahoma. The pick that netted the Browns Winfrey was one of the three picks acquired in the trade with the Houston Texans to move down from 44.

Winfrey began his collegiate career at Iowa Western Community College where he dominated for two seasons, earning him recognition as the top overall JUCO prospect in 2020. Winfrey skipped Oklahoma's Bowl Game, but participated in the 2022 Senior Bowl where he was named game MVP.

Athletic Profile

Age: 21 (Born August 15th, 2000)

Height: 6'3 5/8"

Weight: 290 lbs

Arm Length: 35 1/4"

40-yard dash: 4.89

Winfrey only did the 40-yard dash, so his athletic profile is woefully incomplete. Nevertheless, his speed is impressive even if it's not top of the line due to his relatively light weight. Winfrey's age is great and his long arms are a nice feature. 

The most logical place for Winfrey to start with the Browns is a rotational defensive tackle that comes in to attack the quarterback in obvious passing situations. It puts fewer restrictions on Winfrey allowing to use his speed and length to generate interior pressure quickly. Those long arms could also be helpful knocking down passes.

The other place that makes sense for Winfrey to get an immediate opportunity is on kick block units. His ability to fire off the ball and then get his arms up could enable  him to help improve a special teams unit that has been bottom five the past two seasons.

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The best case scenario is the Winfrey that made such an improvement in the time between playing in his final collegiate game in Bedlam and the Senior Bowl shows up to camp and continues growing from there. If that happens, he could start to expand his game and potentially see some reps at the 3-tech on running downs if the Browns want him to penetrate into the backfield quickly.

However, since the Browns ideally want a pair of two-gapping defensive tackles to clog up blockers and protect the middle of the field on run downs, Winfrey may never be a good fit in that role.

Even though the Browns largely see Winfrey as a three, he might be able to slide out to the four over the tackle or even the five in certain situations. Winfrey doesn't have the hips to live out there, but the Browns could line him up out there to give him a runway to attack downhill or slanting inside to attack the passer. They could line someone up in a nine or blitz someone outside of him or simply overload the other side.

Winfrey's career upside based on his lack of production and an incomplete athletic profile is that of a backup. His production is impacted by the fact he was a non-factor against the run, which helps explain why he had so few tackle. Winfrey could be a terrific interior pass rusher, which is exactly what the Browns envisioned when they selected him. However, his chances of becoming a long term starter are almost directly linked to his ability to become a better run defender.

The Rest of the 2022 Draft Class

Martin Emerson, CB Mississippi State

Alex Wright, DE UAB

David Bell, WR Purdue

Jerome Ford, RB Cincinnati

Michael Woods II, WR Oklahoma

Isaiah Thomas, DE Oklahoma

Dawson Deaton, C Texas Tech