Buccaneers draft pick Antoine Winfield Jr. credits 'secret weapon' for selection

Former Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. thinks it was more than his standout year as a redshirt sophomore that landed him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 45 in the draft.

Winfield took to social media on Monday to share a very personal look at his “lucky underwear,” which he calls his “secret weapon.”

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Winfield's not so secret weapon is his strength and toughness on the field.

He had a strong freshman year, totaling 52 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one interception. After battling injuries the following year, Winfield had an impressive season in 2019, totaling 88 tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions.

After earning unanimous first-team All-American honors and being named 2019 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, Winfield was picked in the second round by the Buccaneers in the NFL’s first-ever virtual draft Thursday night.

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He will follow in the footsteps of his father, former NFL defensive back Antoine Winfield, who played for the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings.