Boise State Senior
40: 4.95 (estimated)
Shows some straight-line quickness and thus flashes some potential as a bull rusher. Plays with good recognition, able to play contain on the edge. Can get leverage vs. the run and make the stop at the point of attack. Plays with a good motor. Shows some potential to compete as a run blocker on offense, able to get leverage in short-yardage.
Has limited speed and burst and not a factor to really challenge the edge against NFL talent. Is limited when he plays in space for similar reasons. Is not sudden in his movements and lacks flexibility to really work well when changing direction and trying to use a counter move. Gets too easily redirected when he's trying to use his speed rush off the corner. Has trouble holding up vs. teh run at times, particularly against the double team.
Winterswyk has potential as a run-stopping defensive end, but needs to bulk up. He started 3 full years at Boise State, with his best year coming as junior: 41 tackles, 17 for loss, 9 sacks. He finished his career with 168 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, 1 pick, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 recoveries.
He has some potentail to develop as a left end in a 4-3 scheme, or if he can get significantly bigger as an end in a 3-4 scheme. He is not a great run defender, but he flashes potential to get better there if he can add strength and get off blocks. But at this point, the only thing to really like about him as a prospect is his motor. He can help out an NFL team's rotation. But because of his limitations as a pass rusher, and the likelihood he won't be anything special as a run defender, it's hard to see him sticking long-term in the league.
The Falcons may like his motor, and his potential to be a run defender on the outside in their rotation. But he's not going to make the roster and his best hope is making the practice squad and hope that a year or two down the line the team will try to get younger and go in a new direction than it has with Davis and/or Anderson. His upside to contribute in their rotation isn't any higher than either of those two players, and it's hard to see him having much of a long-term future in Atlanta.
He's not worth a draft pick, but some NFL team should pick him up as an undrafted prospect and give him a shot in camp.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Rush: 2.0
Point of Attack: 2.5
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