The Cleveland Browns hosted a group of free agent defensive tackles on Wednesday, most notably veteran Johnathan Hankins.
However, the team has passed on Hankins for the time being as they signed undrafted rookie Blaine Woodson to a contract, Woodson was part of the work out group on Wednesday.
Woodson was with the San Francisco 49ers following the NFL Draft, signing with them in May but the team released him on July 26.
He was a four-year player with the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, compiling 155 tackles (78 solo) with 14.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception in his college career.
There isn’t a lot of information in terms of a scouting report because he was at a small school like Delaware and there also isn’t a lot of film on him.
Niners Nation of SB Nation described Woodson as a “buff ninja” and that he has a nice motor and great anticipation for a defensive lineman.
He can sit at the block and let the lineman have his way and when the runner comes by, the lineman is on his back and Woodson has the runner in a bear hug. A quarterback can run away and then come back the other way and Woodson all the sudden is waiting for them.
Based on the small sample of film he has, he seems to fit the mold of what the Browns are looking for in a defensive lineman and could have the versatility to play as a defensive end but also slide inside and play some snaps at defensive tackle much like Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah have shown.
The Browns must have liked what they seen out him on film as well as the work out today and are willing to give him an extended look through the rest of the preseason.
Something isn’t being told in regards to Hankins or I think the team would’ve signed him. He could have an injury or perhaps just isn’t in good shape. Other teams have been linked to Hankins but with the regular season less than a month away, there is a reason why he’s not currently on an NFL roster.