Browns Rumor: Team Gave Lot of Attention to Miami LB


The Cleveland Browns have a variety of needs that they could attempt to address in the NFL Draft, as well as free agency. A Browns rumor says that the team paid a lot of attention to Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman. Brandon Howard, who provides great Browns and Buckeyes (as well as others) coverage tweeted about the attention the Browns paid to Perryman at the Senior Bowl:

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I appreciate that he prefaces his statements with the fact that teams talk to every player. The Browns likely spent a good amount of time with a number of players at the Senior Bowl but the attention paid to Perryman is interesting. It could mean they are very interested in him or that they are trying to decide something very important about him (red flags, background, personality, etc). Either way it is an interesting Browns rumor.

Perryman is an inside linebacker that is stout player. For the Browns it would seem they would be looking for the long term replacement for Karlos Dansby were they to select Perryman. Perryman is likely to be picked anywhere from the low first round to somewhere in the second round. Inside linebackers are generally not valued as much as edge players in the draft. Howard thinks Perryman could fall a bit farther:

Here is CBS Sports’ profile on Perryman:

"STRENGTHS: Despite lacking desirable height, Perryman has the look of a prototypical inside ‘backer with a stout, thick frame. He is an instinctive and tough in-the-box defender who showed improved closing speed and explosiveness as a hitter in 2014.He’s difficult to latch onto at the second level due to strong, active hands, agile feet and good use of leverage when taking on bigger blockers, and he exhibits good burst and solid angles to either sideline when asked to pursue plays on the edges. Good lower-body flexibility to sprawl or dead-leg would-be blockers, slipping by them."

"He’s fast to pick up on routes when dropping into coverage, and possesses quick enough hips to hitch himself to a crossing route and maintain stride-for-stride coverage on slot receivers and tight ends. Played in 47 games at Miami, with the only injury that caused him to miss time being a high-ankle sprain in 2012. Voted team captain."

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"WEAKNESSES: Short, squatty frame that leave him overmatched at the line of scrimmage and best suited to remaining inside at the next level. Highly aggressive. Will occasionally takes false steps towards the line of scrimmage and leave himself trailing and vulnerable in play-action."

Mike Pettine values inside linebackers who can play both the run and pass but may be hard pressed to use one of their 1st round picks on Perryman. Drafting him in the 2nd round would make sense based on how the Browns value players but would likely upset fans. They want immediate needs addressed in the draft. Good teams seem to think a year or two ahead in the draft as to not be caught off guard. While the Browns haven’t had that luxury, based on results and talent, it is a good habit for the team to get into. Address needs in free agency then draft with a plan and based on talent.

We will continue to look for any other Browns rumors coming out of the Senior Bowl. For now we know of Perryman and their interest in the cornerback from Ole Miss (New Window).

What do you think of this Browns rumor? Okay with a 2nd or 3rd round pick spent on another ILB?

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