Cleveland Browns: Top 5 rookie seasons since 1999
Heading into the 2006 NFL Draft, Kamerion Wimbley looked like the perfect fit for the Cleveland Browns. He was a stud in the Florida State four-man line, but questions about his size made him an ideal fit for a 3-4 defense. As for the Browns, they were in need of an outside linebacker in their own 3-4 defensive scheme.
Wimbley then showed out at the NFL Scouting Combine. He showed off his speed with a 4.61 in the 40-yard dash and was no slouch with 24 reps in the bench press. After adding his great workouts to his impressive tape, the Browns were thrilled to land him at No. 13.
It was the perfect storm where need and talent met. Wimbley was able to get into the starting lineup quickly and had 11 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a rookie. He wasn’t just a pass rusher though as he was credited with 62 total tackles.
Unfortunately, Wimbley ended up only playing four total seasons with the Browns. He never duplicated the success of his rookie season, even though he was still a solid player. He recorded 15.5 more sacks in three seasons and never had less than 51 tackles. They still felt he wasn’t worth re-signing and therefore Cleveland traded him to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round pick.