Could Antoine Winfield Jr Fall into the Eagles Laps?

Antoine Winfield Jr- Safety, Minnesota

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Without a doubt the Philadelphia Eagles will spend the 21st pick in the 2020 draft on wide receiver or cornerback. Their wide receiver group is completely diminished with talent and players that can remain healthy and their cornerback room is riddled with question marks. But what about after the 21st pick? Do they go receiver in round one and corner in round two? Or vice versa? What about just going best player available? 

Antoine Winfield Jr. He may not be a receiver or cornerback but he will most certainly be the best player available(If still on the board) and will most certainly boost the secondary tremendously. In 2019 Winfield played in 12 games, recorded 58 solo tackles, 25 assisted, 83 total, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 7 Int’s and one TD. Antoine Winfield shows very good instincts in both dissecting where the ball will be thrown and making a play on the ball and also coming down hill quickly and stuffing the run. In my opinion I think Winfield could either play free or strong safety at the next level, but I think he’d be more productive as a strong safety lurking around the line ready to make a play on the ball because of his instincts and sure tackling ability, but I do think mixing him in coverage would be a wise ideal to maximize his abilities. 

After a fantastic combine performance by Winfield there’s been more recognition from people about Winfield and I’m sure his draft stock rose significantly since then. What put people to sleep before the combine I think was his injury history in college, he suffered season ending injuries early in each or the previous two seasons causing teams to question his durability. I personally love Winfield’s game and think he’s the second best safety in this years class. With Malcolm Jenkins getting older and a likely possibility of his departure from the team in the distant future the Eagles could very well look to select a safety in this draft and given Winfield’s injury history there’s a chance he could fall to day two or even three and if he’s there for the Eagles in round two they should strongly consider taking him. I think Antoine Winfield Jr has all pro and pro bowl potential and he’s one of my sleepers this year and could be a steal for someone. 

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