Around the NFL  

 

Colts trade conditional draft pick for DE Billy Winn

Print

The Indianapolis Colts are adding much-needed depth to their defensive line after losing Arthur Jones to ankle surgery.

The Cleveland Browns announced Friday that they have traded defensive end Billy Winn to the Colts in exchange for a conditional late-round 2017 draft pick.

Play NFL Fantasy Football!

A 2012 sixth-round pick, Winn has started 18 games for the Browns, totaling 87 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

This is a worthwhile flier for a team with question marks on the defensive line and designs on the Super Bowl.

Winn is a quality run defender, a species the Colts desperately need after being trampled by the Patriots in the their last two postseason matchups.

For all of the offseason criticism of Indianapolis for standing pat on defense, the front seven has undergone a makeover.

In addition to Winn, the Colts traded for talented young linebacker Sio Moore, signed veterans Trent Cole and Kendall Langford and drafted a pair of intriguing linemen in Henry Anderson and David Parry.

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Parry to Bills All-Pro Kyle Williams, suggesting the Colts "absolutely stole" the former Stanford star in the fifth round.

Anderson has drawn similar hype, as Pro Football Focus billed the third-round pick as a first-round playmaker.

With those additions and the healthy return of five-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Robert Mathis, the Colts might stand a chance of competing with the Patriots in January.

Print