New York Jets Select Offensive Guard Brian Winters

The New York Jets selected Brian Winters in the third round of the NFL Draft

With the 72nd pick in the NFL Draft the New York Jets selected Kent State Guard Brian Winters. In his offensive line rankings, staff writer Mike Nolan had this to say about Winters

“Winters may be the nastiest lineman in the draft. The former tackle is not great in space and will probably be asked to move to guard. He shows solid technique and violently finishes blocks. He reminds me of Richie Incognito of the Dolphins.  Look for Winters to go in the third round.”

The Jets also signed veteran guard Stephen Peterman today, so all of a sudden the position is looking much stronger than it did an hour ago. Winters and Peterman will likely compete for the other starting Guard spot alongside Willie Colon…and we won’t have to deal with Vlad Ducasse starting.

The Jets decision to pass on some of the available running backs, most notably Jonathan Franklin, could mean the Chris Ivory trade is still in play. There is also still a good amount of talent at wide receiver on the board for the Jets four selections tomorrow (one in each round 4-7).

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  • Harold

    Vlad may still start. May the best man win

  • KAsh

    Probably neither Vlad nor Winters is going to start. Winters, like Vlad, needs to convert from tackle to guard first. The process went oh so well for Ducasse.

    Peterman and Colon probably start, with Winters and Ducasse waiting in the wings, Winters until he is ready, Ducasse until someone gets injured.

  • Lidman

    Ok…I love Ivory…love him, he runs with reckless abandon..Marshawn Lynch-like…but why get Goodson then?

  • KAsh

    Jets remaining needs are safety and OLB. I can imagine them leaving without a TE, RB, or WR. The remaining players at those positions would probably take a backseat to our current starters.

    Actually, not many remaining OLBs would beat Pace or Barnes for the nod.

  • KAsh

    Ivory score!

    Goodson, Ivory, and Powell form a nice tandem. They each cover the others’ weaknesses. Goodson is not a bruiser. Ivory is but has never been one to catch passes out of the backfield. Both have durability concerns, which Powell does not.

  • KAsh

    So besides Brian Winters, we also got Aboushi and a DT we are going to convert to an OG. If they all remain with the team, we will have a very solid, very deep line.

    Likely starters will be Ferguson, Colon, Mangold, Peterman, and Howard. Winters and Aboushi both have experience at both tackle positions. It seems like Aboushi will be developed as a tackle, while Winters and Campbell are groomed to start as guards after this year. Roster already had Caleb S. and Ducasse. It makes you think they expect many of these guys to get hurt next year. We now have a full line behind our starting line.

    Guess the Jets like their receiver corps and TEs. Or this is a multi-year operation, with skill positions slated to be improved next year.