The death of safety Sean Taylor hits close to home for Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. Winslow’s former Miami Hurricane teammate died early this morning of a gunshot wound suffered less than 30 hours earlier.
The death of safety Sean Taylor hits close to home for Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.
Winslow’s former Miami Hurricane teammate died early this morning of a gunshot wound suffered less than 30 hours earlier.
Taylor starred on defense and Winslow on offense for the 2002 Miami team that lost to Ohio State in a double-overtime national championship game. Both stayed at Miami for an 11-2 season in 2003 before entering the draft together.
Butch Davis, a former Miami head coach who was running the Browns in 2004, targeted Robert Gallery, Taylor and Winslow as priority targets in the draft.
The Browns owned the No. 7 overall pick, which was too low to chase Gallery. After Gallery became the No. 2 overall pick, by Oakland, Davis set his sights on trading up for Taylor or Winslow. Tim Couch and Dennis Northcutt were dangled as bait in a trade package.
Speculation in the Browns’ complex centered on Davis preferring Taylor. The Redskins, though, chose Taylor at No. 5 overall.
Davis was tormented by the thought of getting neither Taylor nor Winslow and made a dramatic, expensive deal.
For the simple right to move from the No. 7 to the No. 6 position, which was owned by the Lions, Davis gave Detroit the No. 7 pick and that year’s second-round pick.
Winslow’s career has survived difficulties. He suffered a season-ending leg injury his rookie year and a motorcycle crash that cost him another year.
Taylor’s ended in tragedy.
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