The road has been long and bumpy for Upson Lee alum Logan Winkles. After graduating from Upson Lee and signing to play with N.C State University, Winkles career was riddled with highlights and lowlights.
The 6’0, 255 pound fullback eventually earned a starting spot for the Wolfpack, and was well on his way to a nice career with the pack, but suffered a torn ACL in the Belk Bowl, and missed the following season, the second ACL tear for Winkles.
After leaving N.C. State and continuing his education, Winkles kept himself in prime shape and was able to go back to Raleigh and compete in their Pro Day in front of NFL scouts.
While at the Pro Day, Winkles shined on one of the more important days of his life. The fullback led all players with a time of 4.09 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. He also ran an impressive time of 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and then benched 225 pounds 32 times.
After the great workout, Winkles said his agent was contacted by a few different NFL teams.
“I had a few teams that were interested in me,” said Winkles. “The Seahawks, Bengals, and the Panthers were all interested, and the Panthers asked me to come in for a private workout. I decided to go to Kansas City instead. The Chiefs invited me to their Rookie Camp, where I had the time of my life.”
Winkles said one reason he decided to go to camp with the Chiefs was the play of their current fullback Anthony Sherman. At 5’10, 245 pounds, Sherman is a two-time Pro Bowl player and has been the leading blocker for Jamaal Charles, who is one of the better running backs in the NFL.
“When I got to N.C. State, I was able to play behind a really good fullback, and I learned a lot,” said Winkles. “I feel like if I get a chance to play with the Chiefs, I could really learn a lot from Sherman.”
According to Winkles, the Chiefs contacted his agent and stated that he was one of the better rookie fullbacks they have seen in quite a while. He also says that they are currently deciding if they want him to come to their mini-camp which starts next week.
“I’m just waiting on that phone call,” said Winkles. “They will hold their next stage of camps from June 16-19, and I would love to be a part of that. They may be worried about my knee, but the knee feels great. I just want a chance to prove that I can play in the NFL.”
If Winkles does not hear back from the Chiefs, his professional football dreams will still have life. He says he has some connections in the Arena Football League, and knows players who play in the Canadian Football League, although the Canadian League does not use too many fullbacks.
Winkles is the prototypical fullback for a power running team. Under Coach Tom O’Brien, who was at N.C. State for part of Winkles’ time there, the Wolfpack ran a pro-style offense. Hopefully the Upson County native will get a chance to show his skills at the highest level in the NFL.
Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.