Juwann Winfree Jersey

Colorado wide receiver Juwann Winfree wasn’t even invited to the NFL combine this year so it was a little surprising when the Denver Broncos decided to trade up for him in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

Winfree didn’t attend the league’s combine but he did attend the Broncos’ local combine and he impressed their coaching staff.
“I definitely didn’t think they were really high on me, to be honest with you, but after the local pro day that I attended, and sitting down with the receiver coach [Zach Azzanni], he really expressed high interest in me,” Winfree said during a conference call with reporters on April 27. “From there I could see I really changed their point of view on me. Them seeing me close-up, seeing what type of player I am and what type of man I am off the field was big for me. That definitely helped a lot.”

It probably also helped that running back Phillip Lindsay, one of Winfree’s college teammates, put in a good word for him.

“Phillip Lindsay, I know he put in a huge word for me,” Winfree said. “That’s my big brother right there. He paved the way for me, doing what he did, coming from [University of] Colorado. I’m just glad he was able to help me out there doing that. We have the same agent too, so I’m just completely blessed.”

Lindsay was a little-known running back last year and signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent. He went on to make the 53-man roster and earn a Pro Bowl nod as a rookie. Lindsay is now hoping that Winfree can follow his path to success with the Broncos.
“Phil actually just called me, but I’ve been getting so many calls and declining calls because I’m on the phone with you guys,” Winfree said. “I’m pretty sure Phil is so happy for me just because he was in my position. He’s done so much, and the Broncos were the one team that believed in him — right down the street. He’s from Denver, so he’s just super happy for me.”
Winfree was healthy for eight games as a senior, hauling in 28 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. The Broncos don’t have a lot of depth at receiver so he’ll have a good chance to make the 53-man roster and reunite with Lindsay in the NFL.

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