Chicago Bears: NFL Combine standouts who should be draft targets

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Chicago Bears, Antoine Winfield Jr.
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Safety Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 203lbs

40-Yard Dash: 4.45 seconds

Vertical Jump: 36 inches

Broad Jump: 124 inches

If you’re looking for an immediate replacement for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and don’t want to pay up in free agency, look no further than Antoine Winfield Jr. out of Minnesota. This kid can do it all as a safety.

The one thing he’ll get knocked for is is less-than-ideal size, but he plays much bigger. Winfield can step up in the box, support the run and get after the quarterback if need be. He’s a decent athlete, but proved he had much better speed than anyone thought when he ran the 40 at 4.45 seconds.

Winfield is a smart player. He reads quarterbacks very well and goes straight after the ball when he commits. Last year, he had a whopping seven interceptions for the Gophers. To prove his versatility, Winfield also had 3.5 tackles for loss, including 3.0 sacks. He also forced a pair of fumbles.

Of course, football is in his blood. With a father like Antoine Winfield Sr., he grew up learning the game from his dad. He knows football better than most his age.

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Medicals will be important going forward, as two of his seasons ended early due to injury. But, the important aspect here is that 2019 was a fully healthy season for Winfield — and it was a great one.