The Green Bay Packers hosted an official pre-draft visit with Oklahoma defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey. It will be one of the team’s “Top 30” visits.
Even after signing Jarran Reed in free agency, the Packers need long-term help along the defensive line and could be looking for a penetrating troublemaker like Winfrey with one of their top five picks.
Winfrey, who won’t be 22 until August, played 20 games in two seasons at Oklahoma after transferring from junior college. He had 17.0 tackles for a loss, 6.0 sacks, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. He was a two-time All-Big 12 draft pick. He was also a Senior Bowl MVP after producing three tackles for a loss and two sacks in the game.
Winfrey (6-3, 290) has 35 1/4″ arms and an 84 3/4″ wingspan, giving her terrific length. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.89 seconds (1.71 10-yard split) at the NFL Scouting Combine but did not participate in the jumps or agility tests due to a hamstring injury. -legs, which means it does not qualify for the relative athletic score. Part of visiting Green Bay could be completing his athletic profile ahead of the draft.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic ranks Winfrey as the fourth-best defensive lineman in the draft class and the No. 53 player overall, giving him a second-round rating. The Packers have two second-round picks, including No. 53.
Winfrey looks and plays much like Muhammad Wilkerson, who was signed by the Packers ahead of the 2018 season.
Here’s Brennen Rupp from Packers Wire’s profile of Winfrey, who checked in at No. 13 on her project preview countdown.
“Winfrey might be one of the most explosive inside defensive linemen in this draft,” Rupp wrote. “That initial flurry puts the offensive linemen back on their heels. That quickness, coupled with his strength of play, can absolutely overwhelm interior offensive linemen. It does a good job of converting speed into power. He has fast and powerful hands.