Jets Sign Mangold & Clemens, All 10 Draft Selections Will Practice Friday
The New York Jets announced today they have signed both center Nick Mangold, the team's second selection in the first-round of the 2006 NFL draft, and Kellen Clemens, the team's second-round selection in the '06 Draft. The announcement was made by Jets' General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Mangold, a 6-4, 300-pound product of Ohio State University, was the second first-round selection of the Jets, and the 29th player selected overall. Mangold was a finalist for both the Outland Trophy, presented to the nation's top offensive lineman and the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in the country. After serving as an offensive co-captain in his senior season, Mangold helped lead Ohio State to a convincing victory in the 2005-06 Fiesta Bowl.
A Centerville, Ohio, native, Mangold was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes. The Jets selected Mangold with a draft pick that was originally the property of the Denver Broncos. The pick was sent to the Falcons, and then to the Jets in the three-team deal for DE John Abraham.
Clemens, a 6-2, 223-pound quarterback from the University of Oregon, was selected in the second round with the 49th overall pick. Clemens concluded his Ducks career with 7,555 passing yards while completing 61 percent of his passes. Clemens posted a 61- to-24 touchdown-to-interception ratio while at Oregon and added 535 yards with six touchdowns on the ground.
A native of Burns, Oregon, Clemens' 7,555 passing yards rank third in Ducks' history and his 8,090 yards in total offense also rank third.