Antoine Winfield Jr., Son of Former Pro Bowl CB, Declares for 2020 NFL Draft

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2020

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo. Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. (11) gestures during an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, in Minneapolis. Winfield was selected to The Associated Press All-America team, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs, File)
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Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. is leaving the University of Minnesota early to declare for the 2020 NFL draft. 

The redshirt sophomore announced his decision on Instagram: "I looked up to my dad [three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield], and watched what he did and all he accomplished. Seeing what he was able to do empowers me to say: It's my time."

Winfield only played eight combined games due to injuries in 2017 and 2018. He had a terrific rebound campaign for the Gophers this season, playing in all 13 games and recording career highs in tackles (88) tackles for loss (3.5), sacks (three) and interceptions (seven).

The Texas native was named to the All-American first team and won the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year award. 

B/R's Matt Miller hasn't listed Winfield on his big board because he's been waiting to see if the 21-year-old would declare. But Miller noted on Twitter the Minnesota star would rank among the top 75 prospects in the 2020 class and will likely be a second- or third-round talent. 

Winfield is undersized for the NFL at 5'10" and 205 pounds, but his ability to find the ball will give him an opportunity to make an immediate impact as a professional.  

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