After jumping at the chance to demonstrate his skills at the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Winston Guy Jr. showed NFL scouts and executives a glimpse of the reservoir of talent that he used to dominate the Kentucky Wildcats secondary for the past two seasons.
After a stellar athletic career at Lexington Catholic High School where he starred on both sides of the football and smashed a bevy of local track records, Winston was proud and excited to attend the University of Kentucky and play college football in same state as his father, Winston Guy Sr. Winston’s impact on the team was immediate, and he leaves the school having played in 48 games in his career.
A lanky and flexible 6’1″ frame made Winston a capable and valuable cover guy, and a fearlessness toward intense contact coupled with an ability to channel all of the power and kinetic energy in his 216-pound frame made him one of the SEC’s biggest hitters. Naturally, these qualities struck fear into the hearts and minds of opposing receivers set out on crossing or slant routes. Winston is expecting to shave a few ticks off of an already impressive 4.46 40-yard-dash time by way of recent training with specialists.
Winston’s 269 career tackles include 17 that resulted in a loss of yardage and two sacks. Couple that with five career interceptions and you can see why coaches felt comfortable asking him to play an incredibly versatile role as the Wildcat’s defensive field general. His senior campaign was highlighted by 93 tackles, two interceptions and one sack, all compiled over the course of only nine games. When an injury to a teammate vacated the kick return position midway through the 2011 season, Winston took over and shined in only a handful of attempts, averaging just a shade under 30 yards per kickoff return for the year, including a 96-yard scamper against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Like many programs, Kentucky has recently embraced the advantages of implementing a safety/linebacker hybrid position, and Winston embraced the modified role with open arms in 2011 while flying all over the field and making a number of plays in the boundaries. His play caused a few scouts to make comparisons to Bob Sanders, the former linchpin of the Indianapolis Colts.
Whatever team uses one of their valuable picks on Winston will be rewarded with a battle-tested player that has sky-high potential. As the game of football evolves and traditional defensive positions and schemes are tweaked to better deal with the advancing of offensive strategies, Winston is the perfect soldier to have in your platoon.