A kicker in the 2nd round? Yes, it's true, we did do that. A knee jerk reaction if I have ever seen one.
We all remember 2004, a reasonably solid year for then kicker Doug Brien. Made 24-29 field goals, hitting 2-3 in the 20-17 victory over San Diego at the first hurdle in the playoffs including a clutch 28-yarder to send us through to the next round.
Then came the fateful night, as he missed two field goals in the final two minutes against the Steelers to send the Jets home packing 20-17. The first was a 47-yarder that hit the cross bar and fell agonisingly short.
The second was a 43-yarder, that was creeping left the moment it left his boot. As a kicker, you knew you were gone after missing two field goals in a playoff game.
Nugent held just about every record you can imagine at Ohio State when he was drafted. In total he had 22 records to his name, including: most consecutive field goals with 24; most field goals of 50 yards or more with 8; and most points scored by a kicker with 356. The list truly does go on, and he was awarded the Lou Groza Award in 2004 as the nations best kicker.
His career was hampered by expectation, being a second-round draft pick, with a reputation of a cannon leg, it was near impossible to live up to the billing.
When he went down injured in 2008, he sat and watched Jay Feely snatch his job. Feely who would later become the Jets' all-time leader in consecutive field goals made, breaking Pat Leahy's record of 22.
Last I saw, Nugent was with the Arizona Cardinals. He holds a disappointing 78 percent field goal success ratio. Being a kicker drafted far above projected position, Mike Nugent comes in at number five on the list.