Perrion Winfrey

Perrion Winfrey

Measurements
  • Height
    6035
  • Hand
    10 1/4
  • VJ
  • Weight
    290lbs
  • Arm
    35 1/4
  • Speed
    4.89
DT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6022
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    312lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
    5.15
Tolbert Nance - Scout
Perrion Winfrey
  • Overall Rank
    36
  • Position Rank
    3
  • Position
    DT
  • Age
    21.9 Years
  • Team
    OKLAHOMA

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2018 (JUCO) 11 27 10 N/A 4 1 FF, 2 PD, 1 BLK
2019 (JUCO) 7 28 13 N/A 5.5 2 BLK
2020 11 19 6 10.7% 0.5 3 PD
2021 12 23 11 11.2% 5.5 1 FF

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Perrion Winfrey has average overall size for a 4-3, 3 Tech DT/3-4 3-5 Tech DE with adequate height and limited weight that left him looking overmatched at times due to playing across the DL (0-5) with a significant number of snaps on 3rd Down as a 0. Possesses elite overall length with elite arm length (longest among DTs invited to the Combine), elite shoulder width, and above the line hand size. Concerned with his rigid movements, narrowness, and lightness in his lowers (specifically thighs), and his consistently over-arched shoulders (waist bender) and whether those things could halt further physical development. Regardless, he has a long, lean frame that, especially considering being one of the youngest listed DTs in the draft (8/15/2000, will have just turned 22 when the 2022 NFL season begins) and that he only spent 2 years at Oklahoma (2 years at JUCO), could continue to grow and develop. Perrion hasn’t had any injury concerns while in college.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    9
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 7.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Perrion Winfrey has outstanding toughness, having show the willingness to play across the DL (0-5) with violence/aggression with his UOH but with the inconsistency in his lower body drive/power to consistently play closer in the interior (0-2i) and against Double Teams while anchoring his body. Flashed as a POA bully with his power, bulldozing opposing OL in 1v1s with his initial strike, hand strength, and motor. Regardless, tends to overcompensate leverage as a waist bender/leaner and falls too much (needs to change or develop a better plan). Highly instinctual player but lacks FBIQ (feast or famine). Has misalignments where he is corrected by a teammate multiple times on film. Above the line instincts v Pass as an anticipatory player at the snap and creates havoc by splitting gaps or compressing the pocket, walking back OL in 1v1s. Sees pre-snap motions effectively and diagnoses RB out of the backfield on screens. Limited instincts v Run. Struggles as a read player on Option getting into position to be effective. Moves with flow of the OL and can be thrown off by misdirection. Can be taken advantage of in space as a tackler (with his redeeming trait being his length). Above the line effort and plays with physicality and violence out of his hands consistently while also flashing ability to run and chase in space.

  • Toughness
    8
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 7.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Perrion Winfrey flashes of outstanding explosiveness ability with his quick anticipation of the snap leading to violent initial strike/bench press power, where he flashes ability to bulldoze an OL into the ground on multiple occasions in 1v1s. High hips in his stance, which feeds over to him further dipping his shoulders too much as a leaner to try and compensate for weight with leverage instead of trying to even out power coming out his hips and upper body (struggles to bend in his hips, therefore struggles to sustain blocks unless he wins early and creates displacement with his hands. Low runner out of his stance but looks much better in chase in space (adequate speed for his size). Limited body control as a waist bender/leaner who, although he has good foot quickness, is on the ground quite often. Possesses limited flexibility due to generally having very rigid hip and lateral movements and can’t be asked to consistently slant against a moving OL due to his poor COD, which causes him to turn his body with limited ability to redirect/work as a reactionary athlete. He also loses out on tackles in space due to his COD (needs a better plan to utilize his length here). Flashes ability to bend the corner due to some natural bend in his ankles, which helps his case with flexibility. Above the line play strength with his UOH and violence.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    3
  • Flexibility/Bend
    4
  • Change of Direction
    3
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 5.0

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Perion Winfrey fires off low with his get off and flashes of outstanding ability there, as he can be seen clearly beating the rest of his teammates and the OL off the LOS on multiple occasions (aided by his anticipatory nature). This carried over to heavy disruptiveness against the Pass (which even more evident when he played more 3-Tech at the Senior Bowl). Adequate in Pass Rush due to his quick get off, high motor, and consistent ability to create knockback with his strike which compensate well for his struggles with COD/flexibility. Above the line heavy handedness keeps him in plays against R/P that stay in the box as he can create knockback and work on OL. Also likes to utilize quick shoulder movements to throw off OL in Pass Rush (shouldn’t be trusted to bend the corner or execute a cross chop). Adequate POA player, who’s worst moments were due to not playing the right position more than due to his ability (should not have been 2-Gapping as a 0 as much as he did). His outstanding length helps here to be able to grab onto cloth when his twitch can’t compensate. Adequate disengage, flashing ability to work underneath blocks or strike and rip effectively while showing a successful bull rush as well. Adequate closing speed to the ball on the perimeter but is limited due to taking poor angles and lacking the body control and COD to maintain on players making moves in space. Possesses adequate play temperament, beginning each snap with physicality and speed, but losing his edge if he loses early or is doubled.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    8
  • Pass Rush
    6
  • Heavy Handedness
    7
  • Point of Attack
    6
  • Disengage
    6
  • Closing Speed
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    4
  • Play Temperament
    6
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
SR who has started 20 of 23 career games (FBS), including 12 of 12 in 2021. 3-star HS prospect from Illinois, Winfrey went to Iowa Western CC (IA) out of HS where he exceled for 2 years and ended up ranked as the #1 JUCO player in the country. As a JR, in his 1st year at Oklahoma, Winfrey started 8 of the last 9 games after serving as a role backup for the other games and was selected 2nd Team All-Big 12. Returned as 1 of 3 returning starters on Defense as a SR in 2021. Winfrey started every game before opting out of the Alamo Bowl at the end of the year (was 2nd Team All-Big 12). Nearly 48% of his tackles went for loss in 2021. Senior Bowl attendee (won MVP). Played under HC Lincoln Riley (5th season), DC/SAF Coach Alex Grinch (3rd season), and DL Coach Calvin Thibodeaux (5th season). Perrion Winfrey projects as a player who could potentially have more in the tank regarding development as not only one of the youngest DTs in the draft (will have just turned 22 before the 1st game) along with only having 2 years on the FBS level. He is a player that played out of position in college and projects as a Role Starter with developmental upside who could work best either as a 4-3, 3 Tech DT or 3-4, 3-5 Tech DE (multiple defense/scheme flexible). Can 1 and 2-Gap effectively. He has shown versatility to be effective with his speed, motor and power from a 0 Tech on 3rd and long pass downs. Could be an edge setter from a 5 but shouldn’t be expected to bend the corner due to rigid hips and struggles with COD. Question his FBIQ and ability to expand mentally in the game.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Nebraska
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Disruptive in PR (0.5 SK) / Looks athletic in space / Very active this game
  • iconWorst Game
  • v West Virginia
  • Sep - 25 - 2021
  • On the ground too often / Getting pushed off the ball on GL / Bad angles to the ball
Best Trait
Length / Get Off / Age
Pro Comparison
Dre'Mont Jones (2019 - 3rd Round - Pick 71 - Denver Broncos)