#66 Brian Winters, OG/OT Kent State
HGT: 6-4 WGT: 320
Brian Winters has started every single game (49 to date) since stepping foot on the Kent State campus as a true freshman in 2009. Since 2010 Winters has been an All-Conference performer. This season Winters was selected to be an Offensive team captain, and is on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List along with being a Senior Bowl invite.
Winters has good size and bulk, plays with good knee-bend/pad level. Shows good lateral agility and excellent athleticism.Winters maintains a good base in the run-game and in pass pro. Plays with great over-all strength in the upper and lower body. One of the better run-blocking left tackles I’ve seen on film, mauls defenders. Does a good job combo blocking with guard. Plays with a nasty demeanor and chip on his shoulder especially when finishing blocks. Does a good job at getting his hands on defenders which allows him to gain full control of blocks. Displays good over-all footwork. Looks like a natural kick-slider and looks comfortable in pass-protection. Does a good job mirroring and staying in front of defenders. Shows the ability to take away the inside path with a solid inside hand and post-foot.
Needs to work on over-all hand placement targeting. Gets in trouble when he drops his head when punching in pass-pro, makes him susceptible to a quick swim move. At times pass-sets are inconsistent, sometimes over-sets. Winters sometimes falls off of blocks. Needs to improve in space, lunges and misses moving targets. Short arm length leads him to struggle to keep longer edge defenders out of his chest.
Brian Winters may be a sleeper to many who have not payed attention to what he has done at Kent State, but the fact of the matter is… Winters has good enough athleticism, skill-set and intangibles to be a draft selection with in the mid-rounds. I’ve heard from many sources that Winters is a weight room guy and an overall hard worker. Winters shows aggression in the run-game and great patience in pass protection. Ultimately I think his lack of arm length will make him a liability at Tackle, because of this, I project Winters to be a day-1 starter at Guard in the NFL, but perhaps can play Right Tackle in the right system.