Wimbley should be good fit for Crennel's scheme

The Browns acquired veteran Willie McGinest in the offseason but still have needs to fill at linebacker.

Updated: April 25, 2006, 5:01 PM ET
By Keith Kidd | Scouts Inc.
An emphasis on evaluating and developing linebackers has come under the spotlight in recent years. One reason is the ability of linebackers to match up in sub personnel situations. With offensive sets using more multiple spread formations, the pressure on the defense has increased dramatically.

By design, defensive coaches are implementing more athleticism and versatility within their linebacker corps and their defensive schemes. This is why you're seeing college safeties projecting to outside linebacker when coming into the NFL. This allows defensive coordinators to put more athleticism in space on defense, which improves their matchup ability in sub personnel groupings. Two great examples are Cato June of the Colts and Carolina's Thomas Davis.


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