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Name: *Antoine Winfield Jr. (+) Coming off 09-22-18 Foot INJ
College: Minnesota     Number: 11
Height: 5-09   Weight: 203
Position: FS  Pos2: SS/CB/KR
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2020

40 Low: 4.40
   40 Time: 4.45
  40 High: 4.50
Projected Round: 1-2  Stock:   High: Late 1st  Low: 2nd

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 5091
Weight: 203

Zybek PD3X AKA "Official"
40 Yard Dash (ET):
 4.45
40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.43
20 Yard (ET): 2.62
20 Yard (HH): 2.50
10 Yard (ET): 1.58
10 Yard (HH): 1.53
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 36
Broad Jump: 10'04"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 
Projected 4.52/-.07/No Full Workout-Choice

Dates: 03/25/20
Hand: 09 1/2  Arm: 30 1/8
Wingspan: 72 3/4

Height: 5091
Weight: 203
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: 01/08/20-Announced Early Entry into 2020 NFL Draft...**2019: DBOYC/1stC/NagurskiFinalist...2018: (+) 09-22-18 Foot INJ, Out for 2018

 *Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota, Player News


  When Antoine Winfield Jr. was tackling Auburn players to the turf at Raymond James Stadium almost four months ago, little did he know it was a premonition of his near future. The former Gophers safety went in the second round (45th overall) of the NFL draft Friday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming his alma mater's highest draft pick since Ra'Shede Hageman went 37th in 2014. The 21-year-old Winfield played his last collegiate game in Tampa in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day, a dominant win against an SEC powerhouse. Shortly after, the fourth-year sophomore decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility to declare for the draft.

Now he joins a Buccaneers team that's a threat for a deep postseason run after a series of recent moves, including acquiring six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady and three-time Super Bowl champion tight end Rob Gronkowski. "That means everything," Winfield said of Tampa Bay's deep talent pool. "I was actually just talking to my dad about that, just talking about the players they had. I'm just ready to be that additional piece to help them win a Super Bowl this year. So I'm just extremely excited." Winfield celebrated his drafting at his father's house in The Woodlands, Texas. His father, Antoine Winfield Sr., is a former Vikings players and also the same age as his son's new QB. In fact, the elder Winfield actually once picked off Brady back in 2001. - Minneapolis Star Tribune


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  It's been 14 years since the University of Minnesota has had a player selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Antoine Winfield Jr. would like to change that on Thursday. Some draft analysts project the safety to go in the opening round of the April 23-25 draft. Many other analysts project him to be a second-round selection. The last Gophers player to go in the first round was running back Laurence Mulroney, at No. 21, to New England in 2006. Since then, they've had two second-round selections - defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman (No. 37 overall by Atlanta in 2014) and tight end Maxx Williams (No. 55 by Baltimore in 2015). "That would be incredible, just to go in the first round in general," Winfield Jr. said. "It would mean everything just from the hard work that I put in and especially for Gopher football because there's going to be some more players coming in right behind me."

Winfield's father, cornerback Antoine Winfield Sr., was drafted No. 23 in the first round in 1999 by Buffalo and later played for the Vikings from 2004-12. Let his son explain why he, too, should be selected in the first round. "Because I'm a versatile player," he said. "You can play me anywhere on the back end of the defense. I can blitz, I tackle well. I can play in the post. I can cover slots and tight ends. I create takeaways. … I'm just a great overall player and can affect the game in any way." Last season, Winfield affected games in many different ways, finishing with seven interceptions, fourth in the nation, two forced fumbles and three sacks. He was a unanimous All-American. - Pioneer Press


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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Antoine Winfield Jr., FS, Minnesota,...Winfield played in 33 career games and registered 177 tackles. He made seven tackles for loss and four sacks, while also grabbing nine interceptions, breaking up 15 passes, forcing two fumbles and recovering three fumbles. He also returned a punt for a touchdown in 2018 and was named a Unanimous All-American and Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2019 after carding 88 tackles and seven interceptions. - Minnesota Football

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  Gophers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. announced Wednesday he will leave college early for the NFL Draft. The redshirt sophomore had two years of eligibility remaining at Minnesota, but after overcoming two injury-shortened seasons to be unanimous All-American in 2019, Winfield said he has nothing left to prove in the college ranks. Antoine Winfield Sr. despite being 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, was a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback in a 14-year career with the Vikings and Buffalo Bills from 1999-2012.

At Ohio State, Winfield Sr. was a consensus All-American, won the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in 1998 and was drafted by the Bills in the first round. Winfield Jr., who is 5-10 and 205 pounds, was named the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year and was a finalist for the Bronko Naguarski Award, given to the best defensive player in the country. He led Minnesota in two key categories: 88 total tackles and seven interceptions, while contributing three sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup. Winfield Jr., who spent part of his childhood in Eden Prairie, came to Minnesota from The Woodlands, Texas, in 2016. He was a freshman All-American that season. - The Pioneer Press


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  Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton, Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr., and Kentucky linebacker Josh Paschal are among the major college football finalists for the Comeback Player of the Year award. The other finalists in FBS are Georgia Southern offensive lineman Drew Wilson and Notre Dame cornerback Shaun Crawford. The winner of the Comeback Player of the Year, which is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, is determined by a vote of AP college football poll voters, along with input from sports information directors. It will be announced Thursday. There will also be a winner chosen among non-Division I players. Winners will be honored at the Fiesta Bowl between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson in Glendale, Arizona on Dec. 28. Luton and Winfield have both had multiple seasons interrupted or ended early by injuries. Winfield has bounced back to be an All-American and help the Gophers to a 10-2 season. Luton threw 28 touchdown passes and only three interceptions this season for Oregon State. Paschal is a cancer survivor who missed most of last season but returned at full strength this year after finishing treatments in the offseason. - AP College Football

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  2019 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota,...Winfield leads the team with 83 tackles, which includes 58 solo stops. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks this year to go along with seven interceptions and two forced fumbles. Winfield's seven interceptions tied a school single-season record and also rank fourth in the NCAA this year. - Minnesota Football

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  2019 BIG TEN TATUM-WOODSON DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota,...Winfield leads the team with 83 tackles, which includes 58 solo stops. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks this year to go along with seven interceptions and two forced fumbles. Winfield's seven interceptions tied a school single-season record and also rank fourth in the NCAA this year. - Minnesota Football

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  2019 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY FINALIST: Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield, Jr.,...Winfield has led the Golden Gophers' secondary to become one of the country's best. He leads Minnesota in total tackles (65, 47 solos) and has already tied the school record with seven interceptions that are second nationally and half of a team total 14 that is tied for third nationally and for the Big Ten lead. He is a fourth-year sophomore after receiving a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility upon losing the final eight games of the 2017 and '18 seasons due to injury. He has a pick-six and two sacks this year. Winfield is Minnesota's second all-time finalist following defensive back Tyrone Carter in 1999. - Charlotte Touchdown Club

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  NOV 11 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota, So., DB, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands,...Led Minnesota with a team-high 11 tackles (nine solo) and a pair of interceptions in a win against Penn State...Returned his interceptions for a total of 33 yards, setting up a pair of touchdowns...Now has seven interceptions on the year, which ties Minnesota's school record set by Jeff Wright during the 1970 season...Receives his third career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second of the season...Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Kamal Martin (Oct. 14, 2019). - Big Ten Football

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  NOV 10 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ANTOINE WINFIELD, JR., Redshirt Sophomore, Defensive Back, The Woodlands, TX/The Woodlands,...Antoine Winfield posted 11 tackles (9 solo) and made two key interceptions as 13th-ranked Minnesota defeated fourth-ranked Penn State, 31-26. With the victory, Minnesota improved to 9-0, 6-0 in the Big Ten. It was the Gophers' first win at home over a top-five team since a shutout of No. 1 Michigan in 1977. Notes: Antoine Winfield is the second Minnesota player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Gopher linebacker Nate Triplett (Sept. 13, 2009). - Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  Minnesota's Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford's pass in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by Penn State's quarterback, and the Gophers beat the Nittany Lions for their first victory over a top-five team in 20 years. Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns to direct a dismantling of Penn State's staunch defense. Minnesota (9-0, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) not only remained undefeated, but stayed on track for its first trip to the Big Ten championship game. The first sellout crowd for the Gophers at home in four years swarmed the field after the clock ran out, reveling in the biggest step forward yet under coach P.J. Fleck in his third season. The Gophers scrambled the College Football Playoff picture, too, after Penn State (8-1, 5-1, No. 4 CFP) emerged with a top-four spot in the first edition of the rankings.

Rashod Bateman got the Gophers going with a 66-yard score on their first possession and finished with seven catches for 203 yards, the second-most in program history. Tyler Johnson had seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, too, as Minnesota made enough early gains to hold up during the late rally by Penn State. Clifford went 23 for 43 for 340 yards and one score. Antoine Winfield Jr. had the first two picks in the first half, matching the FBS lead and setting the Minnesota record with seven on the season. Both were inside the 10. - Minnesota/AP College Football


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  Antoine Winfield Jr. missed most of the last two seasons due to serious injuries and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He has been one of the leaders of the 13th-ranked and unbeaten Gophers all season and is coming off two of his better games. Winfield has three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in the last two games. - AP College Football

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  WEEK 2 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota, So., DB, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands,...For the second straight year, recorded an interception in the end zone to seal a victory over Fresno State...Notched a five-yard sack early in the fourth quarter to help force a punt with the game tied 21-21...Finished the game with four solo tackles...Receives his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first of the season...Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Blake Cashman (Nov. 19, 2018). - Big Ten Football

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  Antoine Winfield Jr. spoiled Fresno State's bid for a Power 5 win for a second straight year. Winfield intercepted a pass in the end zone in the second overtime to preserve Minnesota's 38-35 come-from-behind victory over Fresno State on Saturday night with his second game-sealing interception in as many years against the Bulldogs. "It was very similar. It was like deja vu. I remember seeing the quarterback throw the ball again and I was able to make a quick speed turn and I was able to make the play," Winfield said. "I'm sure they probably hate me right now."

The Golden Gophers (2-0) tied the game twice late with Tanner Morgan throwing a 20-yard TD pass to Chris Autman-Bell on fourth down in the final minute of regulation and Morgan then scoring on a 4-yard keeper in the first overtime. Michael Lantz then made a 37-yard field goal for the Gophers on the opening possession of the second overtime before Winfield intercepted Jorge Reyna's pass to Cam Sutton to send Fresno State (0-2) to the loss. "When that ball was floating in the air, I saw (Winfield) breaking on it and we all knew what was going to happen," Morgan said. "He's a big-time player and he made a big-time play in a big-time situation." This was the second straight week Fresno State lost on a late interception in the end zone, with Reyna throwing one last week in a 31-23 loss at Southern California. - AP College Football


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