Third Round (96th overall): Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
My Team Needs: EDGE, LB, WR, IOL, S, IDL, RB
Class: RS Sophomore (21 years old)
Weight: 195 lbs
Antoine Winfield Jr, son of former NFL cornerback Antoine Winfield Sr. who played in the NFL for 14 years, is technically a redshirt sophomore but he’s played college ball for four years. Injuries have really derailed Winfield’s college career but he made up for a lot of it this season. Winfield is a straight play maker and Trevor Sikkema, a draft analyst for The Draft Network, had some praise for his play making ability in his scouting report. In his report Sikkema says
"“Winfield is always looking for his chance to take the ball away, and after that, his immediate though is how he can bring it back for a touchdown”. Not that I’m comparing Winfield to him, but that’s the same mentality Ed Reed had when he patrolled the back end for the purple and black.”"
Winfield has the ability to play anywhere on the field and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty at the line of scrimmage. At 5’10” and a buck ninety-five, he’s not the most imposing defender but he’ll sure find his way to the ball. The “biggest” knock on him is his long speed but on film it doesn’t seem like a problem. If a player, especially at the safety position, has the instincts and football IQ to be where he needs to be when he needs to be there, then speed isn’t such a priority. It’s the safeties that are late to react that need that speed to make up ground. You won’t have that problem with Winfield.
As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Winfield made up for lost time in a big way this season. In total, Winfield logged 85 total tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and seven interceptions in 2019. Also, did I mention he returns punts too? This is the type of young play making safety the Ravens need and he’d round out a pretty scary secondary group. The Ravens would have Earl Thomas III, Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Tavon Young, Chuck Clark AND Antoine Winfield Jr. patrolling the backfield.