All offseason, Jets’ coach, Herm Edwards, has insisted that kicker, Doug Brien, would be back for the 2005 season, despite his having missed two key field goals in the playoffs last January. After this weekend’s NFL Draft, Brien would be wise to update his resume. The Jets spent their top selection on kicker, Mike Nugent, of Ohio State, almost guaranteeing the end of Brien’s career as a Jet. The Jets also added a kick returner to replace Santana Moss in Justin Miller, depth for the defense with Dione Pouha, Kerry Rhodes and Andre Maddox and some prospects for the offense with Cedric Houston, Joel Dressen and Harry Williams.
The Giants did not have the same quantity of picks that the Jets did, but they managed to fill several needs. With Michael Strahan’s injury last year, the Giants’ lack of depth on their defensive line was exposed; adding Jason Tuck and Eric Moore should help to address that. Third down with one yard to go has been a situation that makes Giants’ fans queasy and hopefully running back, Brandon Jacobs will solve that. At 6-3, 256 pounds, he certainly has the size to. With their top selection, the Giants chose cornerback, Corey Webster. Webster will instantly become the cornerback in the nickel defense and protects the Giants from the potential loss of starter, Will Allen, after the 2005 season.
Perhaps the biggest story of the draft was precipitous fall of quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, who many thought would be the first selection in the draft as recently as two weeks ago, fell all the way to Green Bay at the 24th pick. Before you feel too sorry for him, just remember that he will still sign a multi-million dollar contract and will get to learn how to play in the NFL under the tutelage of future Hall-of-Fame QB, Brett Farve.