Apr
26

Jets Select Guard in Third Round, Acquire Chris Ivory

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Jets Select Guard in Third Round, Acquire Chris Ivory

After selecting QB Geno Smith in the second round, the New York Jets filled a hole in their offensive line, as they picked OG Brian Winters from Kent State in the third round. The 6-4, 320-pound Winters played both tackle positions in college (34 starts at LT, 16 starts at RT), but he will compete for a starting guard spot with OG Vlad Ducasse. Winters lacks elite athleticism, but is regarded as a physical, punishing blocker that the Jets need after losing both starting guards in the offseason.

Here's a scouting report from CBS Sports:

STRENGTHS: Naturally large man with good overall weight distribution. Shows at least adequate initial quickness off the snap. Takes short, quick power steps in pass protection and shoots his hands out to corral his opponent.

Plays with a wide base and shuffles well laterally to remain squarely in front of the pass-rusher, controlling him with his upper-body strength. Three-year high school letterman in wrestling and it shows in his play. Uses his hands and leverage well to control his opponent, seeming to enjoy the physicality and one-on-one nature of the game. Strength and tenacity are especially evident when run-blocking, as he latches onto his opponent and keeps driving his legs to finish blocks until the whistle is blown.

Excellent durability. Played in all 49 games of his collegiate career. Showed his toughness in playing through a left shoulder dislocation (third game of the season) that left him at what he described as "70 percent." The injury originally occurred during the state wrestling tournament during his sophomore year of high school and ultimately required surgery following the 2011 season.

WEAKNESSES: May not possess the foot speed or flexibility required to remain at left tackle against NFL pass rushers. Has been able to rely on his strength and tenacity at this level but consistently plays with a high pad level, negating his own power and losing out on the leverage battle. Projected by many as a guard but has no experience inside. Shoulder injury requires a close medical evaluation.

Then, the Gang Green traded their 4th round selection (#106 overall) for Saints RB Chris Ivory, who has performed well in a limited role with the Saints, but might have a chance to start with the Jets who don't have a true starting running back at the moment.

Tags: vlad ducasse, chris ivory, geno smith, brian winters

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