Sleeper alert: Ball State’s Winbush can come off the edge

Ball State’s Anthony Winbush turned in monster senior season for the Cardinals and was named first-team All- Mid American Conference. Here he shows of his football functional movement with trainer Chuck Smith. Video courtesy of

Ball State linebacker Anthony Winbush, was an All Mid-American Conference selection last season, when he had 16.5 tackles for losses and 11.5 sacks.

Winbush, 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, could play outside in the 3-4 and maybe play rush defensive end in a nickel package, which teams use around 70 percent of the time.

Winbush has been training with defensive-line guru Chuck Smith in Duluth. He’s working on his movement, change of direction and functional football movements.

Dane Brugler of projects Winbush as a fifth- or sixth-round pick.

“Winbush is an undersized defensive end who will likely transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker spot,” analyst Lance Zierlein said. “Winbush plays with a sense of urgency and determination that helped him make a high number of game-impacting plays over the last three years.”

Ball State's Anthony Winbush was first-team All-Mid American Conference last season.

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