Perrion Winfrey
Perrion Winfrey

Perrion Winfrey

  • IDL Sooners
  • Senior
  • #--
  • 6'4"
  • 303lbs
  • Prospect
  • Big 12
TDN 100 TDN100 Prospect

Top Traits

First Step Explosiveness

Miscast at Oklahoma, Winfrey has a big ceiling in a 3T role thanks to his burst.

First Step Explosiveness

Perrion Winfrey

Winfrey has a quick first step that he uses to get gap penetration and make disruptive plays in the backfield. Winfrey’s quick initial first step is on display in this Oklahoma defense that likes to slant into plays to cause disruption. His first step also allows him to gain leverage on offensive linemen who are trying to reach-block him in zone blocking schemes. Winfrey is able to beat them to the spot and force the backs to cut back into the flow of the defense.  

Effort (Motor)

Relentless push and secondary effort in the middle.

Effort (Motor)

Perrion Winfrey

His motor is evident through the effort he displays on every play. Winfrey has made multiple plays chasing down plays backside or running 20-plus yards down the field. He starts the play with great effort and finishes throughout the play. While he isn’t able to hold the point of attack against double teams, he fights throughout the duration of the play. Winfrey is a scrappy player that works to make plays and gives good effort throughout the entirety of the game. 


Play him literally anywhere on the front...other than where Oklahoma actually played him (on the nose).


Perrion Winfrey

In the Sooner defense, Winfrey’s overall body mass allows for him to play multiple positions along the defensive line. He has the length to play as a defensive end and is strong enough to engage with the interior of offensive lines. Though he has a versatile skill set, Winfrey will be best suited to play in an attacking 4-3 scheme where he can use his quick first step to get upfield and become a disruptive defender.  

Prospect Summary

Perrion Winfrey is a former JUCO transfer that transferred into the Oklahoma Sooner football program in 2020. Winfrey worked his way into the starting lineup and has been the starter for the Sooner defense for the last two years. Winfrey has good size and length that allows the Sooner defensive staff to line him in multiple positions along the defensive line—everywhere from a 0-technique to a 5-technique. Winfrey’s versatility has translated to on-the-field production, recording more than five sacks, 20 tackles, and multiple QB pressures.

Winfrey is an athletic defensive lineman that has an explosive first step that he uses to penetrate backfields and cause havoc. His most disruptive play comes when he correctly slants into the offensive play and is able to get backfield penetration resulting in a tackle for loss. At Oklahoma, Winfrey is undoubtedly the best defensive lineman on the Sooners’ defense and that’s the main reason why he is utilized in so many positions. In the NFL, Winfrey will thrive once he is able to settle into one position and learn the techniques of the specific position. That will allow him to further develop some of the raw traits (pass rush and hand counters).

Ideal Role: A gap penetrator that uses his first step to disrupt plays in the backfield.

Scheme Fit: 4-3 scheme 3-tech or 5-tech against heavy run teams. Heavy slant team, attacking defense.


Written by Keith Sanchez

Games watched: Baylor (2021), West Virginia (2021), Oklahoma State (2021) , Texas (2021)

Best Game Studied: Oklahoma State (2021)

Worst Game Studied: West Virginia (2021)

First Step Explosiveness: See Above.

Flexibility: Winfrey is an athletic defensive lineman that has great change of direction. Winfrey’s flexibility is on full display in his ability to stretch out zone run plays by running along the line of scrimmage, maintaining gap integrity. Winfrey’s athleticism benefits him in his pass-rush sequence also, as he is able to get upfield and quickly redirect to evade offensive linemen and get pressure on the quarterback. 

Hand Counters: At this point in Winfrey’s development, his most consistent hand usage technique consists of a swim move, violent rip move, and he flashed the ability to execute a push-pull maneuver. In the run game, he can shed offensive linemen quickly to follow the ball-carrier. Winfrey’s hand usage is present but can be further developed to make him a more technically sound defensive lineman.

Hand Power: Winfrey flashes powerful hands at the point of attack. Has the strong hands to get extension and quickly shed defenders to make a play on the ball-carrier. Has a violent rip move that he uses to get backfield penetration on offensive linemen.

Run Defending: Winfrey plays multiple positions along the defensive line and his ability to properly play the run is determined by what position he is in. When he is directly head up over the center, he is able to take advantage of smaller offensive linemen and quickly get extension and shed him. When lined up at a 4i and he has to take on double teams, he struggles to hold the point of attack and he often gives up ground along the line of scrimmage. As a 5-tech or 3-tech when he has to play the edge of an offensive lineman, he is the most effective and able to maintain gap integrity throughout the duration of the play.

Effort: See Above.

Football IQ: The Sooners play Winfrey in just about every gap alignment possible within a defense and this is a testament to his football IQ. Generally has a strong understanding of what blocks are trying to be performed on him, which can be difficult to understand for a player who plays multiple defensive line positions. Has a great feel of the zone-blocking scheme and immediately triggers to turn and run to maintain leverage on offensive linemen.  

Lateral Mobility: Winfrey has faced multiple zone blocking schemes that force defensive linemen to move laterally and Winfrey has defended them well. Has a quick first step followed by fluid hips that allows him to extend down the line of scrimmage. Winfrey also has the ability to change direction to redirect and chase down backs in the backfield.

Core/Functional Strength: Generates most of his power against the run from his quick first step. Has the functional strength to lock and shed offensive linemen, but struggles to hold the point of attack against double teams. In his pass rush, he can convert speed to power and bull rush offensive linemen to get to the quarterback.

Versatility: See Above.


TDN Consensus: 82.58/100 (Second Round Value)

Crabbs Grade: 83.00/100

Marino Grade: 82.00/100

Harris Grade: 80.00/100

Sanchez Grade: 84.00/100

Weissman Grade: 82.50/100

Parson Grade: 84.00/100