Bucs Pick Safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. In Round 2

April 24th, 2020

Thank goodness the Bucs added help for their secondary in Round 2.

Defense still matters, and now the Bucs have University of Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. in the mix.

When you blitz like Todd Bowles wants to do, you better have a ballhawk safety. That’s Winfield, who’s known for his instincts, likely honed by having a dad who was a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback in the NFL.

He’s just 5-9, but Winfield, Jr. had seven interceptions last year and he’s versatile. Joe suspects Rondé Barber is going to like this pick.

Winfield Jr. showed off one heck of a personality at the NFL Scouting Combine this year. Not that it matters, but he’s definitely considered a big personality and Bucco Bruce Arians likes those kinds of guys.

Joe suspects Arians saw a little, just a Tyrann Matthieu in Winfield, Jr.

64 Responses to “Bucs Pick Safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. In Round 2”

  1. El_Buc941 Says:

    Great pick! The kid can ball and definetly is always alert.

  2. TampaBay AllDay Says:


  3. rrsrq Says:

    Definitely BA’s Honey Badger (or this is a Bowles pick)

  4. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Amen Joe. That’s what I think Daniel Jeremiah said in a draft preview before tonight started. If not him, someone else said the same thing. If we can get Akers in the third……..GO BUCS!!

  5. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Love this pick!! He is a stud at the back end of our D. Now get a RB next

  6. Tom S. Says:

    Great pick and there are 3 good RB’s any of which could fall to Rd 3. Didn’t grab for need and got the best player available.

  7. Bucnnole Says:

    I love this pick. Perfect centerfield guy and an absolute ballhawk. Would’ve loved Delpit too, but Winfield is a great addition. Now find a way to get Akers and we will win the draft!

  8. donuts Says:

    This should be the end of Justin Evans injury drama. I was shocked he was not waived last year.

  9. James Says:

    Great pick but I can only wonder now if deposit lasted on more pick

  10. Brion Says:

    Uhhhh…. Swift was on the board still, right?

  11. LaMarcus Says:

    Good so we can bench Mike Edwards. He was sorry. Now can we get a rb plz

  12. Boltsfan17 Says:

    Another solid pick.

  13. tbbucs3 Says:

    Its a Jason Licht DB so I really have no idea.

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    You can never have too many cover players in the d-backfield. True center fielder.

  15. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    Swift was the second or third pick to the lions

  16. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but is there a “hole” in our defense right now? Keep in mind, PJ Fleck was our former WR coach so I’m sure Light had major inside intel on Winfield.

  17. adam from ny Says:

    this means justin evans career is finished…over…kaput

  18. donuts Says:

    Good interview on PFT from Florio with Winfield

  19. Casual Observer Says:

    Looks good to me. I thought RB for sure – but safety is a need. Good pick!

  20. kstoges Says:

    Great pick

  21. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Safety was the last defensive concern and that was taken care of. RB is next.

  22. Jean Lafitte Says:

    On video it seemed Antoine and his family were excited he was drafted by the Bucs. Always a good sign.

  23. donuts Says:

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    April 24th, 2020 at 8:21 pm
    This pickup will allow them to cut J Evans – Mr boot.


  24. Tampabuscsbro Says:



  25. Bucs4Life Says:

    But we could have had a REAL running bank. 🙁 Evan with an otherwise great spring, looks likes it’s still a Buc’s life.

  26. Frank Da Tank 87 Says:

    How many DBs can a team take?? Every year they take multiple dbs just pick up vet db. There was better options available in my opinion

  27. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I agree next is RB or DT

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    Dobbins and Akers will both be gone by the time they pick again.

  29. ElBajito43 Says:

    5 FOOT 🦶 9 is NOT gonna cut it Trash licht

  30. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Injury in his first two years is all that concerns me. The kids a ballhawk.

  31. BUCTIME Says:

    88 tackles and 8 int last year !!! Oh and his Dad was a Pro Bowler how many years ??? Day one starter and didn’t just draft need, but added a huge piece to our D !!! Another 10 year starter 🙂 Loving it

  32. tbbucs3 Says:

    “is there a “hole” in our defense right now?”

    Can we stop automatically assuming the secondary is going to be good?

    Jordan Whitehead
    Jamal Dean
    Antoine Winfield

    These are all unknowns right now with VERY limited game experience. The only one who has played a lot of games and done well is Carlton Davis.

  33. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Now we have one safety who’s the cousin of Darrelle Revis and the other the son of the great Antoine Winfield. We got pedigreed.

  34. Wesley Says:

    Meh, not impressed

  35. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Nice pick. So far BPA and position needs are lining up. Better chance of Akers falling to us in 3rd than there was for Winfield Jr.

  36. Phil Says:

    Hate this pick. He’s like a midget. We could have drafted Cam Akers or Jacob Eason.

  37. Tvan101 Says:

    Tbbucs3 Dean did damn good in his rookie year.

  38. ElBajito43 Says:

    @Tb Bucs It’s JAMEL not JAMAL thanks my guy

    This pick is TRASH 🗑 at 45 overall wtf Shoulda been QB or RB thanks TRASH LICHT

  39. Tvan101 Says:

    Hey Phil if you watch the tape he doesn’t play like a midget.

  40. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Jamel Dean played well for about 4 games last year (2 against very bad QBs)

    He also single handily lost us the Seattle game.

  41. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I like the Winfield pick but it doesn’t mean about about to trust this secondary that has been trash for 6 consecutive seasons.

  42. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    bumb wheel concerns me….feets have lots of interacting stuff…size is what it is….he is a very smart player with great hands and timing

  43. Matt Says:

    In Bowles’ defense the safeties’ instincts are the most important factors. This guy is a great playmaker. If Bowles wants him he will be great. I do think we really wanted Delpit though.

  44. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Having him and Mike Edwards and Jordan Whitehead is excellent. I disagree that it’s the death of Evans. If it is, then that’s all the more reason to take this guy. We can still get AJ Dillon to combine with Rojo so please stop crying about no RB at this pick. And there’s no guarantee that Akers will be gone. I think he’s undervalued and could still be there in the third round. Not Dobbins though.

  45. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Like I said here is the salt.

    They wanted a running back even though running back is the single most replaceable position on the field. us taking who we did last night will make anyone run better hell barber may even run okay now. We had to improve the defense.

  46. rrsrq Says:

    Honey Badger 5’9” 190
    Winfield Jr. 5’ 10” 205

  47. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Position of definite need addressed again with best available left at the position. Giants took McKinney well ahead of us, so I’m good with Winfield Jr. RB can be had later.

  48. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    My bad. Akers is gone to LA.😂

  49. Buc_U Says:

    I see I doesn’t matter what the Bucs do in free agency and the drafts there are going to be clowns on here whining about we could have done something better. First of all we have addressed 2 of our biggest needs with the best players available at the position we needed. What the hell more do you a$$holes want? Getting an offensive lineman who is good at run blocking helps the run game which makes it a lesser need than safety. RJ3 is decent enough to work if we don’t get the running back we want. If the bucs had drafted a anything other than than a OT, CB, or RB in the first 2 rounds you jokers would have a valid argument, but now you just look like haters.

  50. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Still love the Winfield pick.

  51. BigZ Says:

    Fins will jump on dobbins.

  52. PTWalk Says:

    Excellent first 2 picks, now we go get AJ Dillon to pair with RoJo and it’s on and poppin.

  53. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    I’ll admit I was on the JK Dobbins hype bandwagon but Whitfield is a solid player at a position of need. There’s plenty more picks to get a rb and address depth. If you would have told me a couple months ago, Bucs got Brady and Gronk, I would have told you the draft would be meaningless.

  54. Cobraboy Says:

    One could draw two conclusions:

    1) Questions about Evans recovery, and

    2) Maybe they ARE up on Ron Jones.

  55. SOEbuc Says:

    Dude’s a hawk. Very nice.

  56. Pirate Bay@TB12 Says:

    Position of need addressed. Next a running back and a veteran corner.

  57. Casual Observer Says:

    Dillon in round 3?

  58. 123urout Says:

    I hope this is not another Vernon Hargreaves III.

  59. mark2001 Says:

    For those of you that wouldn’t bother to check…he is the same height as Ronde and Honey Badger…but faster than both of them and built up. So yes, he isn’t tall. But guys his size have done just fine in the league….with smart instinctual and fundamental play.

  60. mark2001 Says:

    123…not close to VH3… He is an All American…All Big Ten…With a Two time Pro Bowl Corner father has groomed him at an early age, instilling a high level work ethic and knowledge of the game.

  61. SOEbuc Says:

    Can’t stand watching this draft so I don’t watch people going off the board. Zack Moss would be another steal. Strong all around and good pass protector.

  62. Defense Rules Says:

    Going Safety in Rnd 2 makes sense once we paid a king’s ransom for Gronk. No money left to buy a veteran, starting-quality Safety. I just hope we didn’t screw up our chances to draft a starting-quality RB by waiting until Rnd 3, because we don’t have the money to buy one of them either.

    Winfield Jr seems like a quality pick, but don’t give up on Mike Edwards yet. He’ll see plenty of defensive snaps I have a feeling, but as a hybrid DB.

  63. Buczilla Says:

    Terrible pick, not necessarily because of the player, but because of our failures with drafting the safety position. This pick would would have been unnecessary if we had hit on one of our safety picks in recent years. How many defensive backs do we have to draft before we get it right? Lichts been on the upswing lately, but this pick is reminding me of his utter incompetence when it comes to addressing our running back needs. Sad and pitiful.

    I’m going to root for this kid and despite his physical limitations, he was a hell of a playmaker in college. Now Dillon is gone too. Lol, gosh damn I’m pi$$ed!

  64. ElioT Says:

    10 DBs taken in the first four rounds of the over the last five years by #lichtmyb*lls…

    9 are on the current roster still.