Tony Boseli, Jonathan Ogden and Willie Roaf have led the NFL in true franchise offensive tackles for more than a decade. The trio, however, are starting to see the end of their playing days, with one (Boseli) having already retired.
With not many big names coming in to replace the once star-studded position, a new breed of offensive tackle needs to evolve. Robert Gallery, a top-10 selection by the Oakland Raiders in 2004, was supposed to fit that mold but so far hasn’t panned out.
New breed option, number two: D’Brickashaw Ferguson. At 6’5, 295lbs, this beast from Virginia University may jump start a position that has been lacking new blood since the middle 90s.
The Jets, with the fourth overall pick, drafted Ferguson to anchor a line that has lost two key starters in the ’06 offseason. Although he struggled early and gave up 10 sacks in his rookie campaign, Ferguson did settle in and was noticeably better towards the end of the year.
Ferguson uses great technique, strength and demonstrates terrific feet while playing the run or pass. Although he might lack extreme power, he makes up for it with his near perfect form.Ferugson has been a mainstay on the Jets offensive line since his rookie year.
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Ferguson trained over the 2007 offseason with former Pro Bowler Lomas Brown and lost over 20 pounds. He was once again a mainstay on the Jets' offensive line.
News and Commentary
Armed with the possibility of taking either of the past two Heisman winners, find out why the Jets chose to play it safe with D’Brickashaw Ferguson The Scores Report, the National Sports Blog.
Catching Up – D’Brickashaw Ferguson
Jets’ writer John Beattie sits down with offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson to discuss how he faired his rookie year and what is to come for ’07.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson warranted pick, praise
Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News supports the Jets' decision to select offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson with their first pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
On his weight:
“There has been a lot of advice I’ve been taking in that regards. I’ve had a chance to meet with a nutritionist over the year, and we had the opportunity to decide what the best course of action is and try to go out there and do it."