The Cleveland Browns look like they got a serious gamer in Perrion Winfrey.
The former Oklahoma defensive tackle posted a workout video of himself on social media absolutely dominating a squat exercise:
Cleveland #Browns fans your New Defensive Tackle Perrion Winfrey already putting in that work 👀.
— Faithful Dawgs Podcast (@FDPodcastCLE) May 3, 2022
How much weight, exactly, is on those bars?
Carry the one…
Yep, just what the mathletes at MIT predicted: an absolute ton of weight.
But you don’t need a calculator to see the effort Winfrey is putting into his offseason.
An offseason, that by the way, technically only began four days ago.
In addition to insane strength, Winfrey is making a name for himself as a major media friend.
In his first press conference after being selected by the Browns, a reporter asked if Winfrey was always energetic.
“Juiced up, no coffee needed ma’am.”
The answer got the attention of his future D-Line running mate Myles Garrett.
JUICED UP NO COFFEE NEEDED!!!!! Let’s get to work 💪🏾💪🏾🔥🔥 https://t.co/G96uk93Ol6
— Myles Garrett (@Flash_Garrett) April 30, 2022
The Browns are certainly hopeful that Winfrey and Garrett will form a potent partnership.
That means the team approached the offseason looking to beef up the talent surrounding Garrett.
For that reason, the Browns used a fourth-rounder (no. 108) on Winfrey.
Sooner or Later
He was a solid player in two seasons at Oklahoma, earning Senior Bowl MVP honors.
At that Senior Bowl, Winfrey demonstrated a knack for getting after the quarterbacks, taking down both UNC’s Sam Howell and Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe.
In addition to a fun-loving spirit, Winfrey has a story worth rooting for.
He wasn’t a major recruit out of high school; in fact, he spent two seasons at Iowa Western Community College.
In 2019, he was the top-rated JUCO prospect and fielded offers from several major NCAA programs, but settled on Oklahoma.
And settled did he.
He was a 2nd Team All Big-12 his first year and could have gone pro.
But he returned for one more year, perfecting his craft.
There’s no question that Winfrey is a tough player externally.
But if his journey from JUCO to OU to the NFL says anything else, it’s that he has the mental fortitude to be an impact NFL player.
He’s scrapped too long and too hard to quit; if he’s not a starter Week One, he’s the type of player that uses it as personal motivation.
Winfrey is also an apparent gym rat, if not already obvious from his workout video.
He also told reporters during his presser that the team would have to “kick him out” of the gym once training officially kicks off.
At this point, Winfrey is saying (and posting) all the right things.
All the things Cleveland loves to see in its players.
Scrappy, rough and tumble, Winfrey should fit right in.
Could he attain cult status like Matthew Dellavedova?
Or is his ceiling for fan-love even higher?
Here’s to hoping that 7’2” wingspan will be put to good use in Cleveland.