Getting better in the trenches
Here in the fifth round, I am looking for players that present value as well as creating depth. Successful teams need players that can rotate in and contribute. The best part of how this particular draft is falling is that it has allowed me to pay attention to the areas I consider to be of the most importance.
Robert Windsor isn’t pretty and he won’t wow anyone with his athleticism, but the 6 foot 4-inch 285-pound former Nittany Lion has a motor that will never quit. In Matt Patricia’s defensive scheme he is definitely a tweener.
Much Like Da’Shawn Hand, he will play end and rotate to the inside in a four-man front or passing downs. Windsor may not look like much, but he has good quickness and when combined with a motor that never stops, he has the ability to live in the opponent’s backfield.
I don’t believe that he will be a superstar diamond in the rough, but I do think he can have a long and productive career especially as the Lions increase the talent around him on the defensive line. He is the type of depth that will only make the line better.
Ben Bredeson is a wide-bodied mauler. While quickness and working in space are not strengths, his power and drive will make him a very capable contributor if used properly. He is a power blocking type guard and is very capable of opening holes for the ground game.
Bredeson is solid, but unspectacular in pass protection. Quick players like Aaron Donald will present a problem, but they do for most NFL guards. He brings more depth to the interior of the offensive line and is capable of challenging for playing time as well. This is considered a win in the fifth round.