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Can the Jets Afford to Take a Risk on Perrion Winfrey?

This former Jets scout thinks New York should pick Oklahoma's defensive tackle in the 2022 NFL draft, providing a scouting report on the top prospect.

In scouting, it is all about finding dynamic football players, and Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey has dynamic ability.

Some plays on his game film are jaw-dropping.

The problem is that most of the plays reviewed during the regular season were not.

Winfrey then looked like he was possessed during Senior Bowl week, and in the game itself. That just so happened to be the game the Jets coaches were coaching. They got an up-close and personal look at Winfrey when he chose to look like a man amongst boys. Winfrey was even named as the Senior Bowl’s MVP.

He absolutely wrecked blocks that week in the one-on-ones and during practice.

Winfrey looked like a different person at Senior Bowl week. He was a pocket-wrecking bulldozer when all NFL eyes were on him.

However, when going back and looking at Winfrey in the four documented regular-season games, he got neutralized 95% of the time.

Winfrey looked downright soft at times. I mean, he always gave an effort, and yes, he encountered his share of double and even triple teams. However, he just handled most of the time.

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Which version of this modern day “Jekyll and Hyde” will show up at training camp?

That is anyone’s guess.

A team could end up with someone who could make a run at defensive rookie of the year honors, or they could end up with a headache.

There is no question, Winfrey is the biggest boom or bust player in the 2022 draft. That is why a team can not afford to take Winfrey where they could be hurt badly if he goes south.

I will never forget hearing former NFL general manager Charley Casserly talk about Albert Haynesworth, who played defensive tackle for Tennessee and later for Washington, New England and Tampa Bay. When Casserly was asked about Haynesworth, he explained Tennessee basically kept him on one-year deals to keep him motivated.

Oklahoma DT Perrion Winfrey hypes up the crowd
Oklahoma DT Perrion Winfrey pressures quarterback
Oklahoma DT Perrion Winfrey makes tackle

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