Reviewing the draft: New York Jets
D'Brickashaw Ferguson (66) during  first half action of the Akron-UVa college football game at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday Sept. 18, 2004.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Posted May 17, 2006


The speculation in New York as to what the Jets would do with the fourth pick of the draft was intense the weeks leading up to the event. Most in the media thought the team would draft a signal caller. They were wrong.

In the end the Jets made the right choice selecting D'Brickashaw Ferguson with their first selection. The franchise bypassed too many great left tackles in their history and, above all, Ferguson was the best player on the board when the Jets were on the clock. The same can be said for Nick Mangold. Releasing Kevin Mawae made center a need and while Mangold is not dominant on the pivot, he has the skills to be a stalwart at center for years to come. Kellen Clemens was a late riser and the team selected him after moving down in round two, a bit early to our minds. Clemens is a solid short-and-intermediate range passer, not much more. This characterization that Clemens possesses "underrated" arm-strength is laughable in our opinion. Anthony Schlegel, Eric Smith and Brad Smith were all reaches in rounds three and four. While both Schlegel and Smith are hard hitting defenders, each is one-dimensional in what they do. Brad Smith is a major project that may be better as a running back rather then receiver. Leon Washington was great value in round four. Highly rated coming into his senior campaign, Florida State’s offensive line woes and poor passing attack had as much to do with Washington's disappointing senior campaign as anything else. Titus Adams was a terrific pick in round seven while Drew Coleman, selected the frame before, could be the reach of the draft.

The Jets were very active moving around the entire draft. The team initially moved down 18 picks in round two, passing up the opportunity to select several talented prospects, picking up a sixth round choice and an additional second rounder from the Skins 2007. Considering the team needs and depth in this draft, a third round pick in ’06 would’ve been a better move if the opportunity presented itself. The Jets then turned around and moved up three spots from 53-to-49 to secure Clemens. In return they gave up a sixth and seventh round selection, a hefty price. In moving down five spots in round three the team picked up another seventh round choice yet lost out on DE/OLB Chris Gocong, a player they were evidently high on. The team did make a good move in picking up an additional sixth round choice for moving down twelve slots in round five. Of course that was the selection used to draft Coleman.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

4

D'Brickashaw Ferguson

OT

Virginia

1

29

Nick Mangold

C

Ohio State

2

49

Kellen Clemens

QB

Oregon

3

76

Anthony Schlegel

ILB

Ohio State

3

97

Eric Smith

SS

Michigan State

4

103

Brad Smith

WR

Missouri

4

117

Washington, Leon

RB

Florida State

5

150

Pociask, Jason

TE

Wisconsin

6

189

Coleman, Drew

CB

Texas Christian

7

220

Adams, Titus

DT

Nebraska



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