Rookie George Winn revealed as one of most explosive college rushers of 2012
|06.24.13 at 2:05 pm ET|
The Patriots signing of running back George Winn didn’t make much noise when it was announced. Most rookie free agents operate under the radar, and it was easy to understand why the addition of Winn was swept away in a wave of Tim Tebow talk.
But this story from Jon Moore underscores just how impactful the young running back was in his senior season at the University of Cincinnati. The 5-foot-10 1/2, 218-pounder, who was signed and then waived by the Texans this spring (thanks in large part to a deep backfield in Houston that left the Texans with no other choice) had a slow first three years as a collegian, but really busted out in 2012 as a senior with the Bearcats when he finished with 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns on 243 carries.
Moore went inside the numbers and came away with some remarkable stats on Winn’s work, saying he “might be the most explosive and underrated running back in the 2013 NFL Draft” because of his ability to break off long runs. Moore notes that in Winn’s 13 games as a senior, he had 10 games where he finished with at least one rush of 18 yards or more (77 percent). That’s a better percentage than any of the other elite running backs who were a part of this year’s draft class, including Eddie Lacy or Montee Ball.
“Maybe it’s a scheme thing, maybe it’s a talent thing, but whatever the case, it’s hard to deny a back who consistently finds a seam and runs with such authority. In his first year as a featured starter after the graduation of Isaiah Pead, Winn broke out to the tune of 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns. For as productive as Winn was, he was consistent too, rushing for at least 70 yards in all but one game.
“Winn doesn’t have rare attributes, but he has a solid physical profile that has served other backs well in NFL. The other good thing is his minimal college workload (321 career carried), which should mean there is plenty of tread left on the tires. It’s also interesting to note that his cousin is wide receiver Derrick Mason, which leads me to believe that he’ll have a strong understanding of professional life.”
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