Eric Winston

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Offensive Lineman
Eric Winston

College: Miami
Year: Senior
Height: 6’6"
Weight: 310
Birthday: November 17, 1983

Eric Winston expected to be a rookie in the NFL this season. Widely considered the best tackle prospect in the nation at the start of his junior year, he had to set aside his plans to leave school early when he blew out his knee in Miami’s fourth game. The Hurricanes missed Winston badly and saw their rushing average drop by 30 yards per game without him.

Winston starred as a tight end at Midland Lee High School before heading to Miami to follow in the footsteps of Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, and Kellen Winslow. After backing up Winslow as a true freshman, he decided that his greatest potential was as an O-lineman so he moved inside, earned the starting left tackle job, and became a dominant blocker in his first year ever at the position. He combines the athleticism that might be expected of a former tight end with the nasty, physical mindset of a veteran of the trenches.

If Winston’s knee checks out, he will be in the mix with D’Brickashaw Ferguson to be the first offensive lineman drafted. Winston is similar in many ways to Robert Gallery, another tight-end-turned-tackle, who was the second player drafted in 2004.

(profile written by Warren DeLuca)

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