It didn’t take long for Cleveland Browns draft pick Perrion Winfrey to make a name for himself.
In his first media session after being selected, Winfrey wasted no time explaining what he brings to the table:
“A dog mentality! Come on, now! I’m coming in to kill right away with my boys. I’m lining up next to Myles Garrett. The best defensive end in the game. We’re fixing to take this (expletive) over. It’s over with. I’m telling you. It’s over with. I’m gonna come in and work every single day until I can’t work no more. It will fill me every single day.”
Gotta love it.
Especially when some players don’t appear too thrilled about their landing spot.
But what exactly are the Browns getting in the no. 108 pick?
#Browns rookie DT Perrion Winfrey will follow Myles Garrett’s lead pic.twitter.com/c81yZBbsEU
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 13, 2022
This offseason, the Browns faced questions along the defensive front.
Outside of Myles Garrett, the cupboards were barren.
Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley all entered free agency, meaning the Browns were likely looking to find some replacement talent in the draft.
And it appears Winfrey might be the guy.
According to Zac Jackson of The Athletic, Winfrey is already looking the part of a defensive staple:
“[T]here’s also an opportunity for Winfrey to immediately play significant snaps — and he looks ready to do so. Especially in his upper body, Winfrey looks like a starting defensive tackle and believes Joe Woods’ defensive system will allow him to show off his athleticism.”
That kind of news is bound to make Browns fans elated.
Giving Garrett some help could go a long way to relieving his workload and opening up more chances for the Pro Bowler to shine.
Plus, it could certainly extend Garrett’s prime.
After name-dropping Myles Garrett in his first presser, the Browns Pro Bowler couldn’t help but show some love in return.
JUICED UP NO COFFEE NEEDED!!!!! Let’s get to work 💪🏾💪🏾🔥🔥 https://t.co/G96uk93Ol6
— Myles Garrett (@Flash_Garrett) April 30, 2022
It’s a level of energy and excitement that every locker room needs.
What’s going to happen in the Dog Days (pun intended) of November, when the team is playing away in frigid Buffalo and at home in Cleveland?
Guys like Winfrey can keep spirits warm, even if the nerve endings on fingers freeze off.
Also, as noted above, Winfrey has pledged his soul to the gym.
That’s the type of work ethic one needs to survive in the league.
If Winfrey’s talent keeps him around, look for his energy to turn into leadership for this team.
That last part is important.
It’s not a cocky energy that Winfrey plays with.
Confidence is the more appropriate term.
Hungry is another.
In fact, Winfrey explained his hunger to compete, which comes from his experience playing not for Boomer Sooner, but JUCO:
“It brought me to a place I probably would never be able to go to if I I didn’t have to go to JUCO. It just let me know there’s always gonna be adversity. You gonna let that adversity shape you in a positive way or a negative way? And that adversity shaped me in a positive way.”
Winfrey is someone you can’t help but root for.
And, to his credit, he doesn’t make it too challenging.
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