2020 has been one hell of a rollercoaster journey, to say the least with many unknowns still looming, but that’s not stopping ESPN’s Marc Sessler from predicting who he believes could see their first Pro Bowl selection by the end of the season.
When the experts are comparing you to the “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu, many take notice. When many speak of Mathieu, they speak of his instincts, his closing speed, and versatility, which is indeed where the second generation player comes in for comparison.
Winfield Jr., who doubled down as a safety and slot corner while at the University of Minnesota earning First-Team All-Big Ten and won the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, can easily be that “plug and play” type player the same ways that Denzel Ward and Derwin James both made Pro Bowl their rookie season for their teams.
Todd Bowles was the Defensive Coordinator in Arizona when Mathieu was drafted in 2013, so he knows the right path for the second generation Winfield Jr. #NowYouKnow
There’s plenty of star power in Tampa on both sides of the ball, but even with guys on defense such as JPP, Suh, Shaq, David, and White, Winfield Jr. could easily be the standout safety they’ve needed in previous years.
Credit: Marc Sessler of NFL.com’s article, “Predicting one future first-time Pro Bowler for each NFC team.“