BEREA – When the Browns decided to unload veterans Gerard Warren, Courtney Brown, Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers in the off season—there was a huge void created in the experience factor of the defensive line.
Part of that void is expected to be filled by 6-3, 294 pound Alvin McKinley. The Browns have shown a lot of confidence in McKinley as he has just started two games in his prior five NFL seasons.
"I want to take advantage of the opportunity the Browns have given me," McKinley said. "They have shown confidence in me and I want to show them they were right."
McKinley's only two NFL starts were last year with the Browns and yet he totaled 60 tackles, including three sacks and had 20 quarterback pressures. He also recovered two fumbles. In one his starts, against San Diego, he had 10 tackles.
He has 133 tackles in his career, including three sacks, three passes broken up and two fumble recoveries. He has also blocked two field goals in his career. He was a fourth-round draft choice of the Carolina Panthers in 2000 and after spending his rookie season with the Panthers he joined the Browns for the next four seasons after being released at the end of the 2001 training camp by Carolina.
McKinley is slated to open the season at defensive end opposite of Orpheus Roye. For McKinley, it's the first time he's played on the outside.
"It's more of the scheme," McKinley said. "The biggest difference is I'm taking on tackles 6'6" and 350 pounds as opposed to guys who are 6'-6'2" and 275-300 pounds.
"I have a whole lot bigger guys around me and blocking me," he said. "It's more about leverage and technique."
McKinley, 27, played in the 3-4 defense while at college at Mississippi State, but was a nose tackle.