One of the few remaining players for Cleveland that wasn’t a total bust from the 2012 draft (that draft gets uglier for us with each passing season), Billy Winn was selected in the 6th round that year. Seeking improvement to the defensive line after an abysmal 4-12 2011 season, Winn was expected to be an immediate contributor to the squad. Quick but large, Winn was a late round gem for the Browns.
His first season with the Browns proved to be his most productive. Playing in all 16 games and starting in ten of them, Winn contributed to all facets of defense. He caught an interception (pretty rare for a lineman), deflected three passes, recovered two fumbles, had one sack, and had 26 tackles. Pretty good numbers for a first year player.
Coming into the 2015 season, Billy was fighting for a roster spot and earned it after the last game in preseason. I liked his play over the past few seasons so I was happy to hear he made the team. Unexpectedly, the Browns traded Winn to Indianapolis in order to make room for Shaun Draughn to come off the practice squad. It’s a sad tale of a roster casualty, but sometimes that’s just going to be the case. I’ll be keeping an eye on Billy with the Colts as he continues to solidify himself in the NFL.
Take Care, Billy!