Brian Winters OG Kent State #66
Size/Athleticism: Will be a very good athlete for an interior linemen. Played left tackle at Kent State. Moves well for his size. Has plenty of experience blocking on the move.
Pass Protection: Holds his ground, but he’s not a finisher. Lacks the dominant strength to really finish guys off and if the play gets extended, he’ll lose control of the defender. Struggles with his balance at times. Stronger defensive linemen can knock him back on his heels. Struggled with faster edge-rusher at left tackle and will probably be limited to playing guard in the pros.
Run Blocking: Moves well for his size and will be an asset as a pulling guard, but he struggles to engage defenders on the move. When pulling, he needs to be quicker getting to his spot and getting a hit on his assignment. Isn’t a mauler and won’t be an elite power run blocking guard.
Intangibles: Four-year starter with experience at left and right tackle. Plays with a nasty demeanor and is fights through the whistle. Very well respected by coaches for his work ethic.
Durability: Played through a shoulder injury in 2011 which required surgery after the season. Suffered a pectoral injury during the bench press at the combine.
Comments: Winters has the tools to be a starter at the next level but his upside is limited by his modest physical tools. He lacks the dominant size or the impressive athleticism to really excel in any one area of the game. Given his toughness, durability and versatility, Winters is exactly the type of lineman teams cover in the 3rd round or later. He isn’t necessarily an immediate starter in the league, but he should develop into one down the road.