Antoine Winfield Jr. Was Biggest Steal of 2020 NFL Draft

Max Staley
Antoine Winfield Jr. might've been the biggest steal of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Antoine Winfield Jr. might've been the biggest steal of the 2020 NFL Draft. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had quite the offseason. They landed Tom Brady, signed Leonard Fournette and drafted Tristan Wirfs, just to name a few of their big moves. But one of their most underrated acquisitions was selecting Antoine Winfield Jr. in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The pick didn't get too much fanfare at the time, but perhaps it should have. Through three weeks, Winfield has arguably been the most impactful rookie defender in the league.

That's right, Pro Football Focus (PFF) even has a higher grade on Winfield than they do on No. 2 overall pick Chase Young, who has been incredible thus far.

In fact, Winfield is currently the league's fifth-highest graded safety overall, according to PFF. He's been stuffing the box score, tallying 2.0 sacks, 23 tackles, 3 QB hits, 1 tackle for loss and a forced fumble. That hot start has made it even more ridiculous that Winfield was the fourth safety, and ninth defensive back, off the board in the 2020 Draft.

His play has helped Tampa Bay open the year with a 2-1 record. FanDuel Sportsbook gives this team +1500 odds to win the Super Bowl, putting the Buccaneers in a four-way tie for the league's fourth-best odds. They could shoot up that list if Winfield keeps playing like this, though.

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