Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. declares for 2020 NFL Draft
University of Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
The son of former NFL cornerback Antoine Winfield, Winfield Jr. is coming off of a redshirt sophomore campaign in which he racked up 83 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, seven interceptions, a couple of forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown.
Winfield arrived at Minnesota in 2016, and in his freshman season, he registered 52 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a pick, a pair of fumble recoveries, and a defensive score.
The 21-year-old then played in just four games during his second year at the school due to a hamstring injury, finishing with 20 tackles and a sack during his time on the field.
Winfield was able to redshirt, but the following season, he was once again limited to just four contests, this time due to a foot injury. He totaled 17 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery in his brief playing time in 2018.
He redshirted yet again for 2019 and showed what he is capable of when he is healthy, posting a monster season for the Golden Gophers and stamping his name among the best defensive backs in college football.
His father was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round (23rd pick overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft and had a very successful professional career, spending his first five seasons with the Bills before moving on to the Minnesota Vikings in 2004.
From that point on, Winfield continued to improve, making three straight Pro Bowls between 2008 and 2010 before retiring after 2012.