Brian Winters Kent State Guard Scouting Report

By PFC Draft Writer Joe Ward (@JoeyWard189)

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Guard Brian Winters (Courtesy of Kent State)

Toughness is the one word that comes to mind when talking about former Kent State Offensive lineman Brian Winters.  Winters a four year starter for the Golden Flashes is also a former wrestler which proves to be a nice attribute to tough offensive lineman.  Winters comes off a great season for Kent State, possibly its best season in program history. A solid leader on both the team and offensive line Winters has the strength and technique to strive at the NFL level.

STRENGTHS

Winters has incredible power and is able to fully extend and get a good base on both run and pass blocking plays.  He is able to move his man and does a good job of always moving his feet forward when blocking for the run.  Although a tackle in college, Winters would be best suited in the guard position with the ability to move big defensive lineman off the ball.  Winters also has a motor that does not stop running until he hears the whistle, an attribute that should help him succeed in the NFL.

WEAKNESSES

Although Winters went into the combine bigger than his college days, a small frame still raises questions about Winters when up against stronger players. Although the MAC had a great year in college football a big worry for NFL teams is how Winters will stack up against players from elite programs and NFL veterans on the defense.  Winters has also had the problem of overextending which can ruin his footwork leading to missed blocks.  He will need to work on catching speedier ends and blitzing outside linebackers at the NFL level from the tackle position, which may make him best suited as a guard.

TOOLS

Winters bring in a wrestling background which helps him fight for hand position and gives him an advantage in the trenches. He is solid as a rock standing at 6’4” weighing 320. He brings in a level of toughness that should help him during the grueling 16 game seasons.  Winters was the leader of a line that helped Kent State hopeful Dri Archer rush for almost 1500 yards. With an attitude geared towards improving, Winters should have no problem switching to guard and being a strong presence in the middle of the line.

CHARACTER

Winters had an outstanding career at Kent State starting in 50 games upon arriving there as a freshman. The experience should play in his favor along with numerous Offensive line awards racked up during his time in college.  Winters is a tough kid who is willing to work and has listened to the criticism about his size and put on some extra weight. A definite team player Winters should be able to start at the NFL level as early as his rookie season.

RUN BLOCKING

Winters strong suit is definitely his ability to push people off the ball and create hole for his running back.  He brings in a hunger for “pancakes” and loves to go through his defender until he ultimately ends up on the ground.  In the NFL he will need to work on getting to another block and needs to be cautious of over extending. If Winters can keep his blocks under control he should be able to make an impact in the rushing games of NFL teams.

PASS BLOCKING

Winters has a great base and is able to get low enough to handle pass rushers when his quarterback drops back. The move to guard should tremendously improve Winters pass blocking in the sense that he won’t have to go up against speedy ends and outside blitzers.  Pass blocking is not Winters forte and is weak against rip and spins moves.

DRAFT PREDICTION AND NFL FITS

With a little over a month until the draft, Winters looks to go somewhere in the late 3rd round with the chance to slip to the 4th. Teams will be investing in a hard worker who has the strength to excel at the guard position.  He drew a nice crowd at his pro day and showed off some impressive athleticism.  If Winter’s can improve his pass blocking and maybe put on a little more mass he has the chance to turn his long college career into a long career in the NFL.

Tennessee (3.70,97)

Tampa Bay (3.73)

Indianapolis (3.86)

Denver (3.90)

Cleveland (4.104)