Brian Winters: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Kent State Guard

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Brian Winters: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Kent State Guard
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

When NFL scouts think of Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters, the word "versatility" comes to mind. Winters, only the third Kent State player ever to be invited to the NFL's scouting combine, has done it all.

He was a three-time all-Mid-American conference player at three different positions. After starting all 12 games at right tackle for Kent State as a freshman, Winters stayed at that spot and won all-MAC honors as a sophomore. In his junior year, Winters was named to the all-MAC team as a right guard. He moved to left tackle for his senior season, and also won all-league honors there.

Winters' small-school pedigree might be somewhat offset by his versatility and experience. He projects as a guard in the NFL but can be a stop-gap player at every position on the line, with the exception of center. He started 50 games for the Golden Flashes, a school record.

Winters is a very versatile player. He began his career at right tackle in 2009, continued at the position in 2010, then moved to right guard in 2011 and finally to left tackle in 2012. 

This past season, he blocked for an offense that averaged 33.1 points per game and over 225 rushing yards per game. 

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