Brian Winters (OG), Kent St.
6-4 | 320 lbs.
Tough player who never backs down from his opponent. Good footwork for a man his size. Solid run-blocking lineman who can open up holes, especially when charged with the task of blocking only the man directly over him. Physical at the point of attack and through the entire play. Could develop into an even more skilled blocker on the inside with coaching at the next level.
Winters has been durable his whole career, but lacks experience as an interior lineman. Although he is physical, Winters often attacks a defender with his entire body and rarely gets great extension with his arms. Sometimes loses battles because of problems with his leverage. Has had major should problems in the past and had to stop after just nine reps on the bench press due to a pectoral injury at the NFL Combine.
Fit for the Bears:
Most scouts are projecting Winters to go sometime late on Day 2 of the draft, so the Bears could be in play if they are interested. Winters has the size and skill to be a productive guard for years to come in the NFL, but it would be a surprise to see the Bears take him in the second round. Winters may be a good addition if general manager Phil Emery decides to trade down with the team's second round pick or up with its fourth round selection. Guard is definitely a position of need entering the draft, especially with the loss of Lance Louis.