Originally written November 28, 2012 on Beyond the Combine:
Brian Winters, OT Kent State HGT: 6-4 WGT: 311  Brian Winters has started every single game (49 to date) since stepping foot on the Kent State campus as a true freshman in 2009. Since 2010 Winters has been an All-Conference performer. This season Winters was selected to be an Offensive team captain, and is on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List along with the Senior Bowl Watch List.  PROS: Winters has good size and bulk, plays with good knee-bend/pad level. Shows good lateral agility and excellent athleticism.Winters maintains a good base in the run-game and in pass pro. Plays with great over-all strength in the upper and lower body. One of the better run-blocking left tackles I’ve seen on film, mauls defenders. Does a good job combo blocking with guard. Plays with a nasty demeanor and chip on his shoulder especially when finishing blocks. Does a good job at getting his hands on defenders which allows him to gain full control of blocks. Displays good over-all footwork. Looks like a natural kick-slider and looks comfortable in pass-protection. Does a good job mirroring and staying in front of defenders. Shows the ability to take away the inside path with a solid inside hand and post-foot. CONS: Needs to work on over-all hand placement targeting. Gets in trouble when he drops his head when punching in pass-pro, makes him susceptible to a quick swim move. At times pass-sets are inconsistent, sometimes over-sets. Winters sometimes falls off of blocks. Needs to improve in space, lunges and misses moving targets.  NOTES: Brian Winters may be a sleeper by many who have not payed attention to him or Kent State, but the fact of the matter is… Winters has good athleticism, skill-set and intangibles to be a draft selection withing the first 2 rounds. I’ve heard from many sources that Winters is a weight room guy and an overall hard worker. Winters shows aggression in the run-game and great patience in pass protection, because of this, I project Winters to be a day-1 starter at either Right Tackle or at Guard in the NFL.
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