PICK: Third round (10th in round, 72nd overall)
PLAYER: Brian Winters
SCHOOL: Kent State
WEIGHT: 320 pounds
What it means: The Jets needed offensive line help -- desperately. They like his versatility. Winter started 14 games last season at left tackle, but he probably will be moved inside to guard. We're not talking about Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper here, but he's regarded as a safe pick with decent upside -- assuming he can make the transition to guard. Winters had 34 career starters at left tackle and 16 at right tackle, so he could slide outside in a pinch. He doesn't have elite athleticism, and that showed up in the Senior Bowl practices, where he played guard and struggled at times with inside pass rushers. He said he was "thrown in" at guard and didn't feel comfortable. He's smart, durable and strong. He's had some shoulder injuries. He had surgery on his left shoulder last year and missed spring drills.
How he fits the offensive scheme: This doesn't bode well for career backup Vladimir Ducasse, the former second-round disappointment. Winters, Ducasse and free-agent pickup Willie Colon will battle for the two guard spots. The Jets have to replace Matt Slauson (Bears) and Brandon Moore (unsigned).
Projected impact: The Jets had to come out of this draft with a potential starter at guard. Winters is a nice fit because he can play tackle and guard, creating roster flexibility on game day.