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Jets sign draft picks Coleman and Washington

By Jets Insider.com Staff
July 22nd, 2006
Jets lock up RB Leon Washington (with ball)and CB Drew Coleman (tackling). (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Jets lock up RB Leon Washington (with ball)and CB Drew Coleman (tackling). (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The Jets locked up two more draft choices today by signing sixth-round CB Drew Coleman and seventh-round RB Leon Washington.

Coleman (5-9, 175 LBS), of Texas Christian University, was selected with the 189th overall selection in 2006. Coleman played his final two collegiate seasons at TCU, culminating with a victory over Iowa State in the 2005 Houston Bowl. He recorded 49 tackles and five interceptions in his TCU career after switching over from the offensive side of the ball at Trinity Valley Community College.

Coleman was selected with one of the more active NFL draft picks. The pick was originally traded to the Washington Redskins to obtain quarterback Patrick Ramsey. The Jets re-acquired the selection along with a second-round pick (53rd overall) and a 2007 second-round draft choice in exchange for the Jets’ second-round selection (35th overall). The pick was then sent to the Dallas Cowboys to move up and select quarterback Kellen Clemens. The Jets finally completed the movement receiving the pick along with a fifth rounder (150th overall) for their fifth-round selection (138th overall).

Washington (5-8, 202 LBS), from Florida State, was selected in the fourth round with the 117th overall pick. He became the first player in the Bobby Bowden era to score a touchdown five different ways (rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return and fumble recovery).

The fourth-round selection was traded to the Jets from Kansas City.

Washington is the first Seminole selected by the Jets since 2000, when the team made WR Laveranues Coles the 78th overall selection. He finished with 2,041 rushing yards, good enough for 10th place in school history, while leading the team in both rushing and receptions in his final game, the 2005-06 Orange Bowl.

The Jets have now signed all of their picks except the top three of first rounders T D’Brickashaw Ferguson, C Nick Mangold and 2nd round QB Kellen Clemens. Players report for the start of training camp on Thursday.

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