The 72nd pick tonight was spent on Kent State offensive lineman, Brian Winters. I thought it might be good time to take a look at this guy, as a player that we hadn’t talked about in the days leading up to the draft.
Brian Winters measures in at 6’4″, 310 pounds.
Here is some video on Brian from a game against Bowling Green:
PROS:Winters is quite strong. Yes he only did 9 bench press reps at the combine, per his profile on nfl.com. But that doesn’t matter when you watch him perform. When he latched onto his opponent he went nowhere. His football speed is good. What do I mean? Watch the tape and see him get out in front as a lead blocker. He is quick, no matter what his 40 time is. When I say football speed I mean speed on the field, not out of context. I like his footwork as well. He doesn’t cross, and when he locks on his guy he drives right through him.
CONS: The only thing I didn’t really like, and it didn’t haunt him on the tape, is that he plays very upright. He could be susceptible to a professional pass rusher that can pull down low on him. If someone gets their hands under his pads, he plays so upright he could have a problem. He will learn.
Brian Winters will compete for a job on this offensive line, as well he should. He clearly has talent.