2. Antoine Winfield Jr., S
Winfield Jr. wasn’t recruited to Ohio State when the Buckeyes were led by Urban Meyer, but he was still good enough to play for the Big Ten’s Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Columbus native was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, and he had two seasons cut short by injury. The redshirt still managed to compile 177 tackles and nine interception during his time in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Seven of those picks came in his final season as a Golden Gopher.
Winfield was a unanimous All-American selection and named Big Ten Defensive Back of the year. He’s only 5-foot-9, and he may not be be considered an elite athlete, but don’t let that the fact that he displayed great instincts, while possessing the ability to lay a lick on wide receivers.
Safety is a concern for the Browns, especially with Damarious Randall set to walk in free agency. The team added Sheldrick Redwine in the the draft a year ago, but he seems best suited as a strong safety.
This isn’t to say that selecting Winfield Jr. would fix the problems automatically, but he’s someone the Browns should want to see more of during OTAs and Training Camp.
With Joe Louis hired as the defensive coordinator, it makes you wonder what type of player Winfield Jr. could turn into, considering Louis’ success with the 49ers defensive backfield.