Jets' Rookie Watch: Brian Winters

Offensive lineman Brian Winters

Looking to patch up a beleaguered offensive line, the Jets' front office may have landed a future starter in 3rd round pick Brian Winters. Green and White Report will take a look at what's in store for the former Kent State standout and cover his amazing journey from obscurity to stardom.

The Pick: Brian Winters, Offensive Guard, Kent State

The Player:

Winters was the Jets No. 72 pick in the third round, he was selected exactly where scouts expected him to be. Winters is a tough player, who will play hard through the whistle. The Jets need a workhorse on the offensive line because the production was slacking last season. Winters played tackle in college, but should be able to make the transition to guard easily. He can get to the linebackers because of his quick first step off the ball and is considered athletic for an offensive lineman. Winters made 33 career starts and played in 49 games while with the Golden Flashes. Winters quickly went up the draft board when he had an impressive day at the Senior Bowl. He should be a fixture in the Jets lineup and a long-term solution moving forward.

The Fit:

Winters will be given the opportunity to start, but he will have some competition. His playing time will depend on how fast Winters can absorb the playbook during training camp and how he performs during preseason games. The Jets also hope to move Winters to offensive guard, instead of his usual position offensive tackle. The organization will have to keep an eye on his progression at the position and if he is a fit for guard. The Jets hope to use his size 6-foot-4, 320 pound frame and athletic ability during their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Comparison:

Winters can easily be compared to five time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters from the Philadelphia Eagles because they both have similar stories. Winters barely received any major scholarship offers, but made a name for himself at Kent State. He now has the opportunity to show how good he can be at the NFL level. Peters is the true underdog story. He redshirted during his freshman year of college and came into the NFL as a tight end. That quickly changed because of his work ethic. Both players are fast for their position, but can also overpower defensive lineman. If Winters continues the path he is on, he can become a Pro Bowl Player like Peters.

The Verdict:

Winters will be given the opportunity to start. Once he makes the transition into the offensive guard position, he should be able to win the job. The Jets are in a rebuilding stage, and like Geno Smith, they expect Winters to be a fixture on the offensive line for a long time. Winters can start and finish a play with force; he is quick off the ball and is powerful once he reaches his target. He is also flexible and can take on small and quick or big and powerful defensive lineman. This talent will not go to waste for Gang Green, so expect to see Winters in the starting lineup in the near future.

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