Former Kent State Golden Flashes tackle Brian Waters is generating interest from quite a few teams, and there are rumblings that Winters could hear his name called in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Tennessee Titans are one of the teams interested in Winters and will visit the Kent State campus today to watch Winters and fellow Kent State offensive line standout Josh Kline in a private workout. The Titans reps will then travel to Columbus to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The 6’4″, 315 pound OL will most likely kick inside and play guard in the pros, and the turned in a good pro day performance at Kent State with offensive line coaches from big teams in the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and the New York Giants. Although Winters did not do the bench press due to the an injury that kept him out of the combine.
Winters performed at a high level at his pro day with a 31.5-inch vertical, and he performed well in other drills. An aggressive run blocker, Winters will most likely have a smooth transition to guard in the pros, and he is viewed as a solid guard prospect by most scouts. He has excellent athleticism and has always done well in drills, and Winters has a good chance of getting that second-round selection. It seems like scouts have fallen in love with his nastiness, because he plays with a real mean streak that will definitely bode well for a transition to the inside.
We’ll see how well Winters’s workout goes with the Titans, and they will definitely be on their radar as the Titans look to upgrade their interior of the offensive line in as many ways as possible. Andy Levitre looks like their top target, and the star guard will be heavily courted in free agency. The Titans will almost certainly move on from Eugene Amano and Steve Hutchinson, and that means they will definitely need more bodies on the inside even with the likely return of the talented Fernando Velasco.
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