Waits until he is engaged to start working his hands, but too often is too low with his hand placement and doesn't have the strength or suddenness to quickly side step blocks. However, he is a tireless worker who fights and scraps until the whistle. Possesses some bull rush ability and can gain leverage on contact.
Does a much better job extending his arms into contact as a bull rush threat, generating leverage for himself and putting his head right under the chin of a blocker. Is at his best when he can create a pop on contact and then pull the rug out from under a tackle as a push/pull guy.
Fires off the football with violence in the run game and can create an initial jolt on contact. However, allows his pad level to get high and can be sealed from the football. Works hard in order to close in pursuit, but isn't real rangy. Will have a tough time holding up as an in-line guy consistently at the next level unless he learns to play with more leverage through the play.
Impression: A tough, hard-working guy. Isn't real explosive, but has enough physicality to eventually work himself free and find the football."
Bottom line: Teams that take an interest in Winterswyk during the offseason will be impressed by his attitude, work ethic and most of his game film. But if you're to judge him strictly on the numbers he produces during an individual workout, it's probable he will receive an unfavorable grade. Overall, Winterswyk brings a lot of intangibles to the table. He could go as high as the fourth round -- or not be drafted at all."
Positive: Competitive, hardworking defender with marginal athleticism. Plays heads-up football, works to bend his knees, and stays with the action. Fights with his hands throughout the play, keeps his feet driving up the field, and quickly locates the ball.
Negative: Lacks bulk, possesses marginal strength, and gets easily pushed from his angle of attack. Lacks top speed and has just marginal quickness.
Analysis: Winterswyk was productive and durable on the college level but does not possess the skills to be a starter in the NFL. He could make it as a backup in a four-man alignment and will also get consideration at the tight end position."
Negatives: Lacks explosion... Lacks good initial burst... Lacks strength and bulk... Marginal arsenal of moves... Not especially strong at POA... Marginal flexibility and change of direction agility... Can be pushed away from the action... Very straight-line type of athlete... Plays too high at times... Managed just seven TFL and 1.5 sacks in 2010... He is a gamer but not a workout guy!"
Strengths: Non-stop, hard-working player who never takes a play off. Great attitude, work-ethic and constant effort on the field translate into exceptional play. Has been able to 'make the most' of his skill set.
Weaknesses: Size and mass are under what is typically seen in an NFL defensive end. Concern about level of competition, his lower production this year, coupled with concerns about his burst may result in an overall unfavorable grade from many teams.
Projection: 6th round. He is very dependent on his performance during this off-season - great performances against top o-linemen will see his stock rise; poor results could drop him entirely out of the draft picture."
Winterswyk received some national accolades for his efforts, but he made an even bigger impact as a sophomore. During that season he tallied 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks. Winterswyk again showed his versatility by breaking up six passes. As a result he garnered first-team All-WAC accolades.
The first-team All-Conference honors would continue for the next two seasons. In 2009 he totaled 41 tackles, 17.0 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks. During his senior season Winterswyk's numbers took a hit due to double teams, but he still managed to tally 44 tackles, 9.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. More importantly for Boise State, while the opposition was worrying about Winterswyk, players like Winston Venable, Tyrone Crawford and Shea McClellin had superb seasons getting to the quarterback.
Winterswyk lacks the speed to be a dominating force in the NFL. He has plenty of size, but he needs to add some strength and find a way to increase his speed or develop more effective pass rushing moves that will work at the next level. He will not be able to do that prior to the draft, so he is a late round project at best."
Looking like a Late Rounder as a 4.3 Defensive End or a 3.4 Flanker ~ "OutSide LineBacker" to you Earthlings.
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