The New York Jets signed their first-selection in the 2005 draft, kicker Mike Nugent, taken 47th overall. Nugent was at the Jets' training facility on Thursday prior to signing, signaling that he would come to terms before camp officially began on Friday.
, a 5-9, 182-pound product of Ohio State University, holds or shares 22 school records including most points scored (356), most points by a kicker (356), most field goals (72), most consecutive field goals made (24, 2001-02), most games with multiple field goals (20), most field goals of 50 yards or more (8) and best field goal percentage (.818, 72-of-88).
Nugent was the winner of the Lou Groza Award in 2004, given to the nation's top kicker. He also became the first kicker in school history to earn team Most Valuable Player honors during his final season with the Buckeyes. Nugent was a consensus All-American first-team pick as a senior where he was successful on 24-of-27 FG, including five of at least 50 yards or more.
With Nugent's signing Senior Vice President/assistant General Manager Mike Tannenbaum extends his current streak to eight-seasons without a draft selection holding out.