2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Brian Winters, OL, Kent State

Dave Reginek

Today's Big Blue View 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile is on Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters. See all of our Prospect Profiles in our Prospect Profiles StoryStream, and visit our Big Blue View 2013 NFL Draft Hub Page.

Today we are using our 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile to look at another offensive linemen as we take a gander at Brian Winters of Kent State. Winters is a player the New York Giants have shown interest in, according to walterfootball.com.

Winters played tackle at Kent State, but will likely move inside to guard at the NFL level.

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Pros

Very good size for a guard at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, but only average arm length (32.75 inches). Winters has a background in wrestling, which is always appealing to teams, he's a very tough player and has played through injuries at Kent State. He is a mauling type offensive linemen who does a good job of combo blocking

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Cons

Good, but not great athlete, so he's likely to move inside to play guard, or possibly right tackle. He has only suitable balance and athleticism. he's not going to be a guy who's a great blocker in space. Doesn't always play with the best leverage. Only put up nine reps at the bench press because he got injured, so that will have to check out.

Player comparison: Jake Scott (NFL.com)

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Does He Fit With The Giants?

Most who knows Winters better than I think his best fit is in a zone blocking scheme if he's going to be a right tackle. I think for the Giants he's a guard.

Prospect Video

Draftbreakdown.com

Big Board Rankings

CBS Sports-96th overall

National Football Post-140th

Mocking the Draft-95th

Sports Illustrated-Outside the top 40

Big Blue View Board-Outside my top 100

Final Thought

The Giants could consider Winters at some point in the middle rounds. He's a tough, durable, versatile offensive lineman who could play tackle and either guard position. He has suitable NFL athleticism and very good size. He should be a productive pro and I think he'll be a starter for some team for a while.

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