When Robert Windsor signed with the Penn State Nittany Lions in 2015, the Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin native was the Nittany Lions lowest rated prospect. Five years later, Windsor leaves Penn State and has sights on the NFL after a pretty productive career in Happy Valley.
Windsor is coming off a bit of a disappointing 2019 as expectations were higher entering the season, following a 38-tackle, 7.5-sack campaign in 2018. While the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Windsor did record a career high 40 tackles, he had just 3.5 sacks as a redshirt senior.
That being said, Windsor’s career at Penn State was quite the developmental success as the former three-star prospect appeared in 52 games for the Nittany Lions, recording 121 career tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, and 14.0 sacks.
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At this point, it seems Windsor is likely a borderline late-round draft pick, however, if he doesn’t get drafted, he’ll be an undrafted priority free agent. As a prospect at the next level, Windsor does have traits that will carry over and translate well to the next level.
One of the biggest concerns with Windsor heading into the NFL is his size. At under 300-pounds, Windsor would be quite undersized compared to other defensive tackles and most offensive linemans. So, if he has plans of making the NFL and staying around, Windsor will need to gain some more weight.
If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that Windsor is a player with a huge motor, which was evident throughout his time with Penn State. That being said, he can get too jumpy at times, and will jump offsides. He succeeded quite well in the pass rush, but work still must be done against the run.
Overall, Windsor is a player that could benefit being on a team’s practice squad for a while a la Kevin Givens, who spent time on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad this past season. Long term, his ceiling is a depth-situational defensive tackle.