Scouting Report: Kellen Winslow

When the Browns started the day, there were three players with stars by their name on the draft board. They landed one of them. Here is Tony Pauline's scouting report on the newest Cleveland Browns...

Name Kellen Winslow Jr
School Miami-Fl
Year 3Jr
Ht 6-4
Wt 251
40 4.51
Pos TE

Bio: All American and All Conference selection as a junior and handed the John Mackey Award, given annually to college football's top tight end. Finished last season as the team's top pass catcher with 60/605/1. Gained All American notice as a sophomore posting 57/726/8. Father was a Hall of Fame tight end for the San Diego Chargers.

Positives: Tremendous athlete that could revolutionize the tight end position in the NFL. Quick releasing off the line of scrimmage, sharp route runner and gets separation from defenders. Plays with leverage, strength and creates mismatches for the defense. Outruns most linebackers and too strong for defensive backs. Shields defenders from the action with his frame, adjusts to the errant throw and makes the difficult reception in traffic. Contorts to the errant pass and consistently catches the ball away from his frame. Finds the soft spot in the defense or physically beats defenders to come free. Makes both the ordinary and acrobatic catch with regularity. Displays a sense of timing, tracks the deep throw and quick transitioning from catching the pass to running after the reception. Keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up yardage. Easily makes the reception at top speed. Gives effort blocking and works to finish off defenders.

Negatives: To this point lacks functional football strength and gets average results blocking. Does a bit of standing around at times rather than coming back to the ball. Takes his eyes off the ball and looks to run before he's actually caught the ball. Getting the rap as a "high maintenance" prospect.

Analysis: Very much a chip off the old block, Winslow will change the way the tight end position is played just as his dad did. A skill player coordinators can game plan around he has All Pro type talent for years to come but must learn to control his temper and remain focused.

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