Want him to be a linebacker? He'll line up on the strong side and drop into coverage. Want him to be an end? He'll mix it up with a tackle. He's the perfect situational player in an ever-changing system.
He's tough and lets everyone know it, which might be grounds for disqualification from this team. But when Lewis is ranting and raving, his teammates don't cover their ears. They seem to take heart.
So he's a little guy (5'9", 180 pounds), but will any other corner play the force and give up his body the way Winfield does? He's the only corner in the league who's genuinely feared for his hitting.
A couple of years ago he played with a soft cast on his hand, running around and knocking down passes with that thing. A former teammate, Sammy Knight, told me Thomas was the toughest guy on the team.
There are plenty to choose from, but Woodson is the pick because he has been doing it for 12 years. Last season he covered punts and kickoffs, too--at 34. I asked him about it. "I volunteered," he said.