After surprising most of us by ignoring the offense in round one, the Jets put all of their day two focus on the offense. First they got their quarterback when Geno Smith fell into their lap in the second round, next up was some protection help for the young quarterback as they selected offensive lineman Brian Winters from Kent State University.
Winters (6’4″and 320 lbs.) played both right an left tackle in college and while many scouts believe he could potentially develop into an NFL tackle, the Jets will surely kick him inside to play guard where he can probably win a starting job by the start of the season.
Winters was asked on a conference call last night if he talked to teams about whether they view him as a guard or a tackle and said, “I have, which is perfectly fine for me. I got thrown in (at guard) at the Senior Bowl and I feel that was real comfortable for me as days went on. I feel like that’s where I can excel at the next level.”
Winters is a big, powerful blocker who is not afraid to use his wrestling background to his advantage. He has a quick explosive get up from the line and attacks defenders with ferocity, his aggressive nature leads to him always finishing blocks once he gets them locked up but this can occasionally be used against him by savvy and/or stronger opponents.
With their two starting guards from last year not returning (Matt Slauson, Bears, and Brandon Moore, still unsigned), the Jets signed Willie Colon to fill one spot on the line and had Vladimir Ducasse penciled in at the other. The selection of Winters saves fans from a nightmare scenario where Ducasse was given a starting role.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation.” Winters said, “I’m really excited for what’s to come and to go out there with a great team and I couldn’t be more excited. Like I said, I’m really thankful and grateful for this opportunity that’s ahead of me.”
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