• There are going to be 31 NFL teams, including the Vikings, who kick themselves for not drafting Gophers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. before he went No. 45 overall to Tampa Bay in April. Winfield was named NFL rookie defensive player of the month for September. In three games, he had 23 tackles, two sacks, three QB hits, two passes defended and a forced fumble, playing all but one defensive snap.
We tried to trade Anthony Harris all off-season as we don't need to be paying him that much. Though I agree we wouldn't have drafted Antoine.Unfortunately the Vikings didn't need a safety. But even if we did....I'm not convinced that the Vikings would have taken him. Spielman doesn't seem to have any interest in keeping Gophers players home. Of course....the Gophers kicked the crap out of his kids team....so I guess I'm not surprised. But I really thought that they would have taken TJ.
We tried to trade Anthony Harris all off-season as we don't need to be paying him that much. Though I agree we wouldn't have drafted Antoine.
3. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Stats: 25 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Drafted: No. 45 overall
Just ask the Broncos how versatile Winfield is. In the Buccaneers' Week 3 win in Denver, Winfield had six tackles, a sack, another quarterback hurry and knocked down a pass. He has played all but one snap for the Buccaneers' defense through four games, and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has already found a significant role for him in the team's blitz packages.
same with Leidner. Except for the inability to read a defense.
That’s pretty funny!I thought it was playing that got him not drafted. If he would have been injured after his junior year and sat out he may have been drafted in the 3rd or 4th Rd. Of course that is based upon some people putting him as a potential breakout / 1st Rd pick after his junior season.
Moving on, I am happy to see Rodney get a shot.
With a dozen former Gophers being in the NFL, I am anticipating a time in the near future when we turn on an NFL game and can see a former Gopher play.
I didn't see what happened....but it sounds like Winfield left the game due to an injury.
As usual Mr. Winfield was smiling with the trainer coming off the field. Didn't look serious.
Tyler just got a nice dose of NFL love commentary around that TD. Again, whoever was spreading whatever on his prospects going into the draft was a total dink.