BEREA, Ohio—The Browns used their two compensatory picks (#204 and #205) to select two defensive players. They took linebacker Emmanuel Acho with the first pick and defensive tackle Billy Winn with the second.
The Browns were awarded two picks in each of the sixth and seven rounds by the league for losing a net four free agents after the 2010 season.
Acho (6-2, 238) was projected to be a fourth-round draft choice by NFLDraftScout.com. According to NFLDraftScout.com, Acho “proved to be a standout linebacker after being overshadowed by older brother early on; best suited to 4-3.”
His brother, Sam, was drafted in the fourth-round by the Cardinals in 2011.
“I think my football IQ will help me to dissect what I need to do on each play,” Acho said. “I think that will help me at the next level.”
In Acho’s career, he totaled 280 tackles with eight sacks and 25 pressures.
“I had a good season last year and was able to show my skill set,” Acho said. “I’ve played both inside and outside and am excited to see what (the Browns) have in mind for me.”
According to NFLDraftScout.com, Winn was rated as the 68th best overall player in this year’s draft. Winn (6-4, 295) from Boise State is called a “tweener with fluid footwork and loose hips, but struggles to fight through blocks.” He was listed as a projected second or third-round draft choice.
In four seasons at Boise State, Winn had 131 tackles with 15.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss. He had six sacks as a sophomore in 2009.
“We had him rated pretty high,” Pat Shurmur said. “I don’t know about other teams, but some might have had some concerns about some of his injuries.”