In part 3 of our defensive line preview, we will cover Kyle Rose and Dylan Wynn. I was originally going to include Cam Johnson in this group because he was listed as a defensive end on the team's roster page, but everything else about him screams "outside linebacker," including his status from last year, his current weight, and the fact that our outside linebacker coach was talking about him in early June.
8. KYLE ROSE - UNDRAFTED RUN-STOPPING DEFENSIVE END
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 295
Age: 23 | Experience: Rookie
College: West Virginia
Note: One of two talented UDFA defensive linemen in camp ... Strength is defending the run ... From Ohio.
From Centerville, Ohio, Kyle Rose is the team's other undrafted free agent among this year's defensive linemen (with the other being Nile Lawrence-Stample). During his career at West Virginia, our college affiliate says he "played nose tackle in the team's 3-3-5 defense and racked up 155 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks."
Prior to the draft, Pro Football Focus had him ranked as their 168th overall prospect, with the following assessment:
Playing nose tackle in West Virginia’s 3-3-5, Rose posted the 13th-best grade against the run and his 6-foot-4, 300-pound frame makes him an option as a run-stopping 3-4 defensive end at the next level.
With Rose and Lawrence-Stample both being pretty stout against the run, they could be competing with each other for a roster spot, either on the 53-man roster or the practice squad.
Final Roster Odds: 25%
9. DYLAN WYNN - LAST YEAR'S CAMP SENSATION ON THE DL
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 283
Age: 23 | Experience: 1 year
College: Oregon State
Note: Had a strong camp in 2015 ... Spent most of the year on the practice squad ... Can he catch the attention of the new regime?
Last year, Dylan Wynn was a bit of a camp darling as an undrafted free agent. As is the case with many relatively unknown players, though, they face even more of a disadvantage with a regime change comes through town.
Despite the Browns having 12-13 defensive linemen in camp last year, Wynn impressed the coaching staff early, even receiving some first-team reps during practices. He finished the preseason with 5 tackles, and there was some thought that he might make the club and be transitioned to somewhat a hybrid outside linebacker role. Except for a month that he was released in October, he spent all season on the team's practice squad.
With the lack of defensive linemen the team has in camp this year and the surplus of linebackers, Wynn should be seeing most of his work on the line.
Final Roster Odds: 25%
Today's poll asks which player you like better -- Kyle Rose or Dylan Wynn.