Draft Profile: BioWinfrey came from the JUCO ranks where he was the top-ranked prospect in the class. He was recruited by Oklahoma and began his top-level career in 2020 and quickly became a key element on the defensive line.
He became accomplished in defending the run and collapsing the pocket. Winfrey had some excellent moments during the covid shortened 2020 season, making 17 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and three passes batted. He put together a big game against Texas and improved as the season developed and led him to receive a second-team All-Big 12 selection.
Winfrey is again the anchor on the Sooners’ defensive line in 2021 and is projected as a nose tackle for this season where he hopes to boost his stock ready for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- His size and power are a serious combination in the middle of the line
- Played with lean and leverage against the run, tough for one man to move (sometimes double-teams, too).
- Strong tackler. Has good power in hands and can anchor, shed, and chase.
- Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three-technique.
- Winfrey consistently wins the battle in the trenches with his always on motor
- He has a swim move to go along combined with some speed and power, but he needs to hone his pass-rushing moves for the NFL.
- Slimmed down from 297 pounds to 290 pounds to help improve his short-area quickness.
- Very versitile - has played every position along the line
- He’s a little undersized at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds for a DT, but he makes up for it with strength. Winfrey plays every snap at 100% and never takes plays off
- Low floor kind of player - unlikely to be a bust
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Misses tackles, even when he gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Needs to improve hand placement and technique.
- Must improve hand use and read-and-react skills. Lacks the violent hands to shed and can be eliminated by double-teaming blocks.
- Lacks secondary pass-rush moves.
- Isn't able to consistently shed blocks and makes plays in the hole.
- Winfrey doesn’t have a great set of pash rush skills and is primarily a run defender - must improve if he wants to be an all down player in the NFL
- He’s got the physical part of the game down pat but could control blockers with better technique far more often than he does.
Scouting Report: SummaryThere is no doubt that Winfrey has an NFL skill set with his athletic ability, and he has the potential to be a three-down starter as long as he can work on his pass-rushing technique with upside to develop into an excellent one-gap interior defender.
Most scouts are in rough agreement of how they rate Winfrey - the consensus is as a 2nd/3rd round grade in the 2022 NFL Draft. We tend to agree with assessment as players with limited pass-rushing skills rarely break the top 50.
The last OU defensive tackle drafted in the first round was Gerald McCoy with the third overall pick in the 2010 Draft. Perrion Winfrey has the potential to become the highest selected since then.
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