New York Jets select G Brian Winters

Brian WintersThe New York Jets selected  G Brian Winters with the 72nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Winters, out of Kent State, started every game since joining the Golden Flashes in 2009.

According to his NFL.com draft profile, “Winters is a tough finisher at left tackle, garnering plenty of recognition as a long time starter. The former high school wrestler likes to latch on up top, which can cause him leverage problems against better defenders, but he possesses the athleticism to be a late second to early third day pick and a solid NFL starter at guard or tackle in a zone-blocking system.”

He was named to the All-MAC team three times in his career (3rd team as a sophomore, 2nd team as a junior and 1st team as a senior).

Winters is listed at 6′ 4″ and 320 lbs.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Winters had a poor showing at the Combine with just eight reps on the bench, but he’s known for having a real mean streak. He’s built more on the lower half than the upper and while he was announced at Radio City as a tackle, he’s most likely going to play guard for the Jets in the NFL. He’s able to play in a zone-blocking scheme and has a great burst, generally has some good leverage but can break down his technique at times. He’s a great pick for the Jets and could be an immediate starter for  the Jets at the guard spot.

It’s hard to know what this means for everyone else.  It was reported that the Jets also brought in Peterman today, and they’ve still got Colon, Ducasse, Schlauderauf.  Some of these guys aren’t going to be here at the start of the season and if I had to guess, Colon and Winters would be the favorites to win the starting job and then the team will let the rest sort itself out.  Ducasse won’t get any more special dispensations this year.

Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.com

Winters is a big, tough, nasty run blocker who should fit well in the Jets’ blocking scheme. He played both tackle spots at Kent State but translates as a guard in the NFL. Winters, who has a wrestling background, struggles at times in pass protection, but moving inside should help him there. Winters is ready to play now after starting for four years at Kent State and will battle Stephen Peterman to play opposite Willie Colon. More importantly, the pick of Winters combined with the reported signing of Peterman means the Jets don’t have to count on Vlad Ducasse for anything. In fact, it’s entirely possible Ducasse won’t be on the team by Week 1. The pick is just another example of GM John Idzik putting his stamp on this team and quickly moving away from players the previous regime constantly tried to prop up.



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