Anthony Winbush

Ball St.
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Prospect Info

College
Ball St.
Hometown
Class
Indianapolis, IN
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
249 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
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An undersized defensive end, Winbush's ability to attack the quarterback will gain him looks at outside linebacker at the next level. The first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection tied for fourth nationally with 11.5 sacks and tied for first with five forced fumbles in 2017. Winbush started all 12 games as a senior, tying the school record for career sacks (25) and earning the team's MVP award with 51 tackles, 16.5 for loss. He was a third-team All-MAC pick as a junior, racking up 8.5 sacks among his 10.5 tackles for loss (24 total stops, two forced fumbles). Winbush played as a reserve and on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2014 (nine tackles) before becoming a hired hand on third down the following season. He led the team with five sacks in 11 games, without a start. The Indianapolis product stayed close to home by going to Ball State, with the Muncie campus only an hour from the school at which Winbush excelled as an all-state pass rusher -- Warren Central High.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority Free Agent
NFL Comparison
Phillip Hunt
Overview
Winbush is an undersized defensive end who will likely transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker spot. Winbush plays with a sense of urgency and determination that helped him make a high number of game-impacting plays over the last three years. His lack of size and length is a concern as an early-down run defender so teams may view him as a designated pass rusher option. What Winbush lacks in physical traits he makes up for with intangibles giving him a solid chance of making a roster.
Strengths
  • Has experience rushing as an end and stand-up rusher
  • Plays the game like he's starving and has to eat
  • Relentless motor to close out quarterbacks
  • Solid initial burst into his rush
  • Gets upfield depth before leaning into the turn
  • Uses rip-and-run as his primary rush tactic for success
  • Decent dip under the tackle's edge
  • Strong two-hand swipe disorients the punch
  • Has upper body flexion to flip around the battered edge
  • Good base strength and grit through down blocks
  • Good foot quickness for inside moves
  • Stronger than listed weight
  • Ready for a fist-fight against blocking tight ends
  • Actively searching to dislodge the football
  • Forced five fumbles this season
Weaknesses
  • Smaller than teams like as an edge player
  • Lacks ankle flexion for sharper angles to flatten to the quarterback
  • Has to sharpen an effective inside counter as a pro
  • Scouts question his athletic ability to play in space
  • Below average setting a strong edge against tackles
  • May lack the length to punch and extend against NFL tackles
  • Needs to upgrade hand placement and overall usage as a run defender
  • Lacks feel to handle pressure from down blocks and double teams
  • Frenetic style of play lands him on the ground too often

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league