04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 6/205 - Billy Winn, DL, 6-3, 294, Boise State...Winn started 11 games at tackle and one at end for the Broncos in 2011. Size makes him a tackle for the Browns. - The Sports Xchange
This former high school wrestler and powerlifter looks and plays the role of a big, tough defensive lineman who has enough finesse to play outside and enough grit to get the job done inside.
His athleticism and versatility helped Boise's State's 2010 defense earn the No. 2 ranking in the nation. He flashes a powerful, quick initial burst, and is beginning to show a repertoire of additional moves that make him difficult to deal with.
A second team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2011, Winn had two sacks for the Broncos in their 52-24 MAACO Bowl victory over Arizona State in December. He finished the season with 34 total tackles and eight tackles for loss.
For his career, he has 36.5 tackles for loss, which ranks ninth best in school history. He leaves Boise State with 133 total tackles and 16 sacks.
Pass rush: Powerful rusher, moves forward throughout the play and uses athleticism to flush and chase quarterbacks out of the pocket. Good bull rush to push his man into the backfield. Uses violent hands to rip off or punch off blocks, though he could be more consistent against better linemen. Forces offensive lineman to hold, often penalties are not called. Gets most sacks with effort, not an elite first step.
Run defense: Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside, moves linemen to either side with strong hands. Flashes nimble feet to chase running backs and mobile quarterbacks to the sideline when lined up at end. Spins off blocks to get back into the play.
Explosion: Rarely the first player off the snap, even when lined up over the ball, but his length, effort and short-area quickness still pressures double teams or penetrate gaps. Quarterbacks and ballcarriers feel his strength when he plants them in the backfield.
Strength: Does not dominate college offensive linemen, but possesses enough power to stay inside at the next level. Delivers a strong punch and uses his hands to shed blocks to make plays in the hole or outside the box. Uses lower-body strength to anchor inside.
Tackling: Agile run-stopper at end, extends to grab backs from the backside and possesses foot quickness and hustle to chase plays downfield or to the sideline. Combines strength and footwork to fill holes inside, as well. Recovers from cut blocks or falling on his way to make a tackle.
Intangibles: Matured as a junior, worked on becoming more physical for his 2010 season. High school wrestler and powerlifter.