2022 NFL Draft Player Preview: Perrion Winfrey

  • Perrion Winfrey, 6-3/298

  • Defensive Tackle

  • Oklahoma

  • Perrion Winfrey 2021 Preview
    By Charlie Campbell

    Career Recap: During the Bob Stoops era, the Oklahoma Sooners produced a lot of defensive line prospects who were athletic, fast and dangerous pass rushers. There has been a lull under Lincoln Riley, but Winfrey could reestablish that defensive tradition in 2021. After starting out in the junior college ranks, Winfrey flashed during the shortened 2020 season, recording 17 tackles, .5 sacks and three passes batted. He put together a big game against Texas and played better in the back half of the season as his experience grew.

    2021 Season Outlook: Winfrey has a relatively easy schedule in 2021. There are three guards who were on NFL teams' preseason watch list though, Baylor's Xavier Newman, Kansas State's Josh Rivas and Texas' Derek Kerstetter.

    Skill-Set Summary: There is no doubt that Winfrey has a NFL skill set with his size and speed, and he has the potential to be a three-down starter with upside to develop into an excellent one-gap interior defender. If Winfrey can continue to grow, he could become a special prospect.

    As a pass rusher, Winfrey is quick off the ball and capable of firing his gap to get upfield. His bulk and size let him work off blocks and continue to collapse the pocket. Winfrey has a real burst to close once he gets free, and that can be seen in both phases. He shows a swim move to go along with some speed and power, but he needs to develop more pass-rushing moves for the NFL.

    As a run defender, Winfrey is at his best working upfield and causing disruption in the backfield. He shows good pursuit skills, and he will hustle to the flat to get in on tackles. For the next level, he should work to improve the strength of his base. Defending runs coming straight at him and holding his ground versus double teams could be problematic for Winfrey otherwise.

    Winfrey needs to become more consistent in 2021. He can be a real pass-rushing force on the interior at times, wreaking havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Winfrey, however, will also fall into a lot of quiet stretches and have games in which he doesn't make plays. At its worst, he can end up held in check by offensive linemen who have no business getting the better of him athletically. Winfrey is full of potential, and the question is if can play up to it.

    2022 NFL Draft Expectations: Entering the 2021 season, Winfrey has the potential to be an early-rounder, but he needs to show the ability to turn his skill set into more production, like sacks, pressures, tackles and tackles for a loss.



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