STRENGTHS - Winters is an interesting player to watch on film because of how physical he plays. He has very good lower body flexibility and agility from his background as a wrestler. As a player who has played tackle on both sides he has good position versatility considering he will be moving to guard in the NFL. He is a dominant in-line blocker because of his snap quickness and great functional strength. With quick feet, he mirrors well and does a good job of staying on his man through the play. He has very good initial quickness and is a player who can jolt the defensive lineman as he comes out of his stance. He sinks his hips and can anchor and redirect defenders down the line. There are no questions about Winters' playing strength, and he uses his hands extremely well to punch and "ragdoll" defenders in college. Winters does a nice job at the second level when pulling and trapping, and is mobile enough to be effective in this area of the game. As a competitor, it won't get much better then Winters, as he is tenacious, fiery and ultra-competitive. He is exactly what teams look for as an interior lineman.
WEAKNESSES - Winters has shorter arms and will likely only play guard in the NFL. He has a tendency to overrun targets in space and can get too extended over his pads causing him to be ineffective. When playing against bigger, stronger defenders, he can get off balance and lose his ground because of poor technique. I think his compete level actually hurts him at times as he wants to physically maul defenders at the line of scrimmage, but he stops moving his feet to tangle with them and throws his technique out the window . He struggles with pure speed, especially if he gets set and the defender makes another move. There are times when his hands get too high and his hand-fit makes his pads raise, allowing the defender to get into his body, exposing his frame to players with power. While he does have some quickness into space, he can miss his target at times.
SUMMARY - Winters was a fun player to watch on tape because of his tenacity and willingness to compete on a play-by-play basis. He always finishes his assignment, and at times he will put smaller players into the ground, especially against the lesser competition he faced in the MAC. There are no concerns about his effort and functional strength as he displays great strength consistently. He has quick feet and gets set up quickly into blocking position, and he shows good lower body flexibility and a good, strong base where he gets his power. Winters shows exceptionally powerful hands when he gets locked on and his background as a wrestler really shows in this area. He has played at both tackle positions at Kent State, but he lacks the length to play tackle in the NFL, and his only move will be to guard at the next level. There are times when he allows his hands to get too high in pass protection, and it exposes his frame which will give the bigger, stronger players in the NFL the ability to push him back into the pocket. He can struggle with pure speed rushers, especially when he has to reset himself to take on a secondary move. As a player on the move, he is adequate at hitting targets in the second level and does a decent job of getting out in front of plays to pave the way for his teammates. Winters is ultra-competitive and flashes some real nasty components in his game, especially during blocks where he can drive with his lower body and toss defenders around with his hands. He looks to give everything he has, and will be an interesting player entering the NFL. He warrants consideration in the late part of the third-round by a team looking for a player who could develop into a nice piece on the offensive line in the future.