April 22, 2021

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Riddle’s Rundown: Winfield Was A Steal In The Second Round

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Jesse Johnson | USA TODAY Sports

On day 2 of the draft, most fans were begging for a RB, but GM Jason Licht was to busy noticing that Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. was still on the board at the 13th pick in the second round. Licht wasted no time in drafting Winfield Jr., who many considered the best player on the board at the start of the second day. A few teams had him grading out as the best Safety in this draft, so now you understand why Licht didn’t go RB.

Winfield Jr. is a second-generation player. His father, Antoine Winfield Sr., was an elite cover 2 CB for the Vikings for many years, and it appears he has taught his son well. At 5’9″ and 203lbs, Winfield Jr. is short for a Safety, but he makes up for it with his speed 4.45fyd, athleticism, and his ball-hawking approach to the position. He played at Minnesota while in college and didn’t get as much coverage as an SEC player, but he still put up solid stats. In his 2019 season, he had 83 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 3 sacks, with 7 ints 1TD, and 2 FF.

Safety has been a weakness on this team for a long time, but Winfield Jr. looks like he can hold down a Safety position for a long time and was an absolute steal with the 13th pick in the 2nd round.

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