Kevin Winston Jr. – Saf. (So.)
The safety position is a very weird spot on the depth chart. In a great way. On one hand, you have to replace NFL Draft pick Ji’Ayir Brown, and on the other, you have what I believe to be four players that you can feel comfortable within the starting lineup.
Between Keaton Ellis, Jaylen Reed, and Zakee Wheatley, most people know that the Penn State Football team has essentially 3 starting-caliber players back there. But after his performance in the Blue-White game, I am convinced that Kevin Winston Jr. is a name that you will have to add to that mix as well.
He is the type of player that will make you find a way to get him on the field. Winston’s closing speed and willingness to come up and lay someone out is something that you cannot coach. It was on full display on Saturday as he was flying all over the place and had some impressive open-field tackles, most notably, early in the game against Kaytron Allen as almost the last line of defense.
Having Kevin on here over a guy like Dani Dennis-Sutton is a bit of a stretch, but as I eluded to earlier, Kevin Winston Jr. is the type of player that you find a way to get involved.
Even though there are three guys ahead of him in the safety room, I am looking for him to have a decent role on the defense in 2023.