The pick is in! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their second round pick to help shore up the secondary by taking safety Antoine Winfield Jr. out of Minnesota.
The 5’9” 203lb star player for the Golden Gophers is the son of former NFL player Antoine Winfield who played for Ohio State and the Minnesota Vikings.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say about the safety;
He stepped into the starting lineup at safety for the Gophers in nine games as a true freshman, recording 52 stops, 2.5 for loss, four pass breakups and an interception (which he returned for an 82-yard score). Winfield’s next two seasons ended in eerily similar fashions. He started the first four games of the 2017 (20 tackles, sack, two pass breakups, one blocked kick) and 2018 (17 tackles, one interception) seasons, and then missed the rest of each campaign with hamstring and foot injuries, respectively. The injuries happened against Maryland each year, as well. Healthy for all 13 starts in 2019, Winfield excelled. He was a first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection after leading Minnesota with 88 tackles (3.5 for loss, three sacks) and seven interceptions (returning one for a score). Winfield also broke up another pass and forced two fumbles on the year.
With both J.K. Dobbins and Cam Akers available for the Buccaneers at 45, it’s a bit puzzling as to why they decided to go with another secondary player in the second round for the third year in a row, but with questions surrounding Justin Evans’ health the Bucs felt they needed to get a safety in the building.
Here is the draft profile we had on the stud safety earlier this month that is now joining a Todd Bowles defense where he should flourish.