With the twelfth pick in the NFL Draft, the Baltimore Rav...what? The Ravens? Yes, it's true, the Browns obviously did not want defensive tackle Haloti Ngata after all, and bluffed the Ravens for an extra sixth-round draft pick. The Browns moved to the thirteenth spot and selected defensive end/linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Wimbley has similarities to Willie McGinest and will provide the pass rush that we did not have last year.
Wimbley's stock has risen over the past few weeks. On Sirius radio, the move was no surprise, and the consensus was that he will fit well in the Browns system. Here is a scouting profile on Wimbley:
Wimbley didn't start a whole lot of games, which raises some question about his durability as a starter. On top of that, he sprained his knee during his senior season. As a defensive end, Wimbley comes off the edge so quick, making it very difficult for offensive tackles to contain him. He gets into the backfield very quickly. The only issue about Wimbley as a defensive end is his size, which is why he can be considered an outside linebacker heading into the draft to make up for his size. If there is an offensive tackle that has a massive figure, they can usually stuff Wimbley without much trouble. If he converts to linebacker, he won't have to worry about his size and can focus on his strength, which is speed. Wimbley could be alternated as a defensive end and a linebacker.
Unfortunately, Bobby Carpenter already went at number 18 to the Dallas Cowboys. The first round has been very wild, with constant trades and unexpected picks, like Donte Whitner going with the eighth pick in the draft. Hopefully we get someone good in the second round, and that's where we'll be with our next update.