Jets' draft pick set to sign; Another not close

The New York Jets will officially sign one of their draft picks on Wednesday and negotiations with another have yet to truly begin.

Harold Lewis, the agent for seventh round pick Harry Williams, confirmed that the wide receiver has agreed to a four year deal with the Jets that includes a $440K signing bonus.

"He will sign it tomorrow," said Lewis.

Williams, taken 240th overall, finished his career at Tuskegee with 84 receptions for 1,609 yards and eight touchdowns. Williams was clocked in the 4.4 range during private workouts and averaged 15.8 yards per reception. He was also a member of Tuskegee's 4X100 meter relay team.

He burst onto the scene in the Cactus Bowl All-Star Football Classic on Jan. 7, 2005 when he snared the winning touchdown for the East team.

Williams also returned seven kickoffs for 134 yards for an average of 19.1 with a long of 52 his senior campaign and could play a significant role on special teams for the Jets in '05.

On another front, talks with the agent for Justin Miller, the latter of two second round picks to be selected in the Draft, have yet to reach a point of sustenance.

Eugene Parker made it clear that talks had yet to begin:

"We haven't really done much on that," he said regarding contract negotiations. "I don't know what team's timetable is but camp starts next week."

At the same time, Parker did not seem worried.

"I have a long standing relationship with the Jets so I don't think it will be a problem."

The translation is Miller will likely be in camp on time and ready to contribute.

What type of contribution is expected is the real question. Miller will most likely be an immediate boost to special teams. As a freshman at Clemson, Miller averaged 35 yards per return and as a junior that number dipped slightly to 33 per return on 20 kick returns with two touchdowns. He also registered a 13-yard average on 26 punt returns with a touchdown.

"Quarterbacks purposely stayed away from Miller because of his skill," said Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview. "Besides possessing outstanding size/speed numbers as well as ball skills, his ability to immediately alter momentum of games as a return specialist is added value."

As a cornerback, Miller may have to bide his time before getting into the starting lineup. Miller had 13 interceptions over his career at Clemson to go along with 41 passes defensed. With the current depth chart stacked at cornerback and the Jets possibly entertaining thoughts of adding Ty Law to the mix, Miller would be eased into the defensive rotation.

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