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Jets Beef Up Offensive Line With Third Round Selection of Winters

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Dri Archer #1 of Kent State is lifted into the air after scoring a touchdown by teammate Brian Winters #66. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Dri Archer #1 of Kent State is lifted into the air after scoring a touchdown by teammate Brian Winters #66. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Jets have selected versatile Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters in the third round of the NFL draft.

Earlier on Friday, Gang Green made a big splash by selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

Winters, who is 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, started at left tackle for the Golden Flashes but is expected to play at guard in the NFL. It was a position of need for the Jets, who allowed Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson, the team’s starters the last few years, to become free agents. Moore is still unsigned, but Slauson signed with Chicago.

The Jets signed veteran Willie Colon in the offseason and still have Vladimir Ducasse, their second-round pick in 2010, but Winters might be able to start immediately. He started a school-record 50 games for Kent State and is regarded as a punishing blocker.

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