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- NYJ Select D'Brickashaw Ferguson

Chris Pokorny April 29, 2006
Chris Pokorny
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With the fourth pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson of Virginia. Ferguson will be a franchise left tackle for the Jets for years and years. He will be the basis of the Jets offensive line and will be protecting whatever quarterback is under center.

There was a chance that the Saints would have taken Ferguson until Bush fell into their hands. The Jets have had their sights set on Ferguson for months though. They could have taken a chance on Matt Leinart at this pick, but they've already signed a few free agent quarterbacks to compete.

Scouting Information on Ferguson: Like his name? Get used to it, because D'Brickashaw Ferguson will be one of the top offensive tackles taken in this year's draft. Ferguson has not missed a single start since becoming a starter, showing his durability without question.

Ferguson is a very athletic offensive lineman, something you don't hear very often. When we say athletic, we really do mean it. He's doesn't have a lot of size but has been bulking up and improving his strength over the past few years. He has long arms, but will need to be tested to see if he can handle some of the truly "big" defensive ends in the league. His footwork is very good and he is flawless when dropping back into pass protection. His run blocking isn't as good as his pass blocking, but it still won't cause any problems for whoever drafts him. He started at left tackle for four years at Virginia, which should impress teams in the sense that he's been so durable.

Ferguson is the total package when it comes to a left tackle and should make an impact the second he steps onto the field.

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