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Offensive tackle is a need for the Jets this year. However, given the class of tackles available in the 2013 NFL Draft, it is hard to imagine the Jets reaching for one in the early rounds. Instead, their best bet would be to grab Brian Winters in the later rounds, ideally Round 5.
Right tackle is an important spot in the Jets offense that needs to be addressed sooner or later. While Austin Howard served as an acceptable stop-gap in place of former Jets starter Wayne Hunter in 2012, and could potentially start for another year, the Jets will eventually need to find a stronger player to fill out their offensive line.
Winters, an offensive tackle out of Kent State, is a player who can possibly fill that position for New York in the long-term. At 6'6'' and 294 pounds, Winters' body and skill set are those of an NFL-caliber offensive tackle, and it has been suggested that adding ten pounds to his frame would make him an even more effective player.
Pass-blocking has been Winters' weakest point so far in his development, which is common among young offensive linemen. He has quality hand placement but tends to overextend his outside foot, which can compromise his balance in pass-blocking.
His run blocking is already at a high standard, perhaps high enough for him to start in the NFL as a rookie, especially if the competition is not exceptional (which Howard is not). According to NFLDraftMonsters.com, there is cause for optimism when it comes to Winters:
At worst [Brian Winters] can be a starting [right tackle] who can be a liability at times in pass protection, but in the best case Winters will be a starting tackle who fits into a zone blocking style scheme.
Winters started every game in his four years that he spent at Kent State, playing in 50 games altogether. He is an NFL-ready right tackle and could fill a need for the Jets franchise right away or down the road. If he is available in the later rounds (from the fifth on), he would be a great fit in New York.