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NFL Draft Insight: Could LB Dee Winters be the Browns answer at linebacker?

Browns Round 4: Is the linebacker room set, or can it use Dee Winters, a dynamic playmaker?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 30 TCU at Kansas State Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

GM Andrew Berry has provided the Cleveland Browns with enough linebackers to begin the season. Anymore that comes out of the NFL draft will simply be for development or depth.

Not so fast.

Have you seen how TCU Hornfrogs Dee Winters plays? The kid is all around the place. He is exceptional at reading the play and then filling a gap to make the play. Plus, he does not miss on tackles.

In all likelihood, Winters would be regulated to play special teams. But he would become a part of the starting rotation sooner than later. And he runs a 4.49.

As a senior, Winters had 79 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, one interception for a pick-six, and two pass defenses for the runners-up in the National Championship Game. The interception for a touchdown against the University of Michigan in the semi-final game changed the complexity of the game flow as Texas Christian University would eventually win.

Let’s look at this prospect to see if he would solidify this group.

LB Dee Winters

Draft projection: Round 4

Browns pick: #114 (their first pick in Round 4)


College: TCU

Height: 5’-11”

Weight: 227 pounds

40-time: 4.49

Career Tackles: 246

Career Fumble Recoveries: 1

Career Sacks: 12.5

Career Tackles for Loss: 33.5

Career Interceptions: 3

Career Pass Defenses: 7

Career starts: 45


  • Versatility at all three LB positions
  • Excellent speed
  • Leader
  • Is a scraper
  • Second gear while in pursuit
  • Has good recognition of plays and instantly reacts
  • Shows great recognition of screenplays
  • Explosiveness on tackles
  • 2022 First Team All-Big 12
  • Senior Bowl invitee


  • Inconsistent in locating routes while in zone
  • Struggles with change of direction
  • Not a good hand fighter with larger offensive linemen
  • Will struggle to disengage from blocks
  • Not ideal height

Expert Draft Site Analysis

Sports Illustrated:

Size will always be a concern with Winters but he has great instincts and the mentality to survive as a rotational linebacker in the NFL. On film, Winters displays high-quality instincts. He has a quick trigger and the explosion to comes downhill extremely fast. Winters can shoot gaps at a high level and has the closing burst to get to ball carriers. His tackling ability is fantastic, as he rarely misses a tackle in run defense. At times in the run game, Winters was washed out of plays because of his lack of size. his instincts and tackling ability can allow him to be a rotational MIKE at the next level.