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Kiper projects Ohio prospects

Posted Feb 13, 2013

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., discussed Ohio natives Brian Winters and Johnny Adams in a conference call with the national media on Wednesday.

The 2013 NFL Draft is full of talented players from around the country, including several from Ohio.

In a conference call on Wednesday, ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., talked about two of those prospects, offensive lineman Brian Winters and defensive back Johnny Adams.

Winters, a Kent State University product and Hudson native, was one of three Mid-American Conference players to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl. He blocked for an offense that averaged 225.8 rushing yards and 162.5 passing yards this season. Behind Winters’ blocks at left tackle, the Golden Flashes scored 463 points, an average of 33.1 per game.

“He’s a guy you looked at as a tackle, but you knew with the way he was at Kent State, the way he played the game at Kent State, with his demeanor, the way he went about his business, he would be a guy that could be a right tackle or a guard, not a left tackle,” Kiper said.

“As a guard in this league, there’s no question he’s going to help a team. I think probably third round. He’s going to be a nice addition. He’s going to be a guy that starts for a long time in this league, and gives you solid performances.”

Before he starred as Michigan State, Adams learned the fundamentals of football at Buchtel High School in Akron.

At Michigan State, he was a three-year starter at cornerback who made 39 starts in 54 career games. He was a three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection and registered 157 total tackles, as well as 35 passes defended and 11 interceptions in his career.

“You looked at him and there were some games where he didn’t play as well as I thought he could have and should have,” Kiper said. “He’s got very good ball skills for the most part. Here’s a kid who plays with a lot of confidence out there.

“He seems to be a guy that when you bring him in, could, I think, allow you to think he’s the third or fourth guy. He’s your nickel, dime in this league, where you need five corners starting the season. You need so many corners. That’s probably going to help Johnny Adams be a fourth-round type of pick. I would say round four.”

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