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Jets draft Kent State OL Winters in third round

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP)

The New York Jets have selected versatile Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters in the third round of the NFL draft.

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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