Miller Selected Late in the Second Round
|Saturday, April 23, 2005 9:06 PM-|
CLEMSON -- The New York Jets selected former Clemson cornerback Justin Miller with the 25th pick of the second round (#57 overall).
“It’s exciting. I’ve been thinking about it the last couple of weeks,” said Miller in a press conference after his selection. “I get to be a part of a great team like the New York Jets and what a great coaching staff. It is a great opportunity for me.”
Many insiders including NFL draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. had Miller going as a possible late first round pick or early second round pick. However, Miller slipped till late in the second round which surprised the ACC's career leader in kickoff return average.
“I think it’s shocking to me but things happen,” said Miller.” The draft is unpredictable. I’m glad I’m with a team now and have an opportunity.”
Miller would not comment on the circumstances around his arrest in Clemson last week on misdemeanor disorderly conduct and noise ordinance violation that some say may have caused his drop in the draft.
Miller could see action very early with the Jets.
“We don’t have a return guy so he is the starting return guy when he walks in here,” said Jets head coach Herman Edwards. “He is a raw, talented guy but the things he does have you can’t coach. He has speed. He can run. He’s a tough guy. He will tackle. He just needs to be coached. The great thing for him is he is coming into a situation where we have a defense that is not afraid to play young players.”
Clemson Players Who have Turned Professional Prior to Senior Year
Year Player, Pos Draft Result 1989 Terry Allen, RB 9th round, Minnesota Vikings 1990 Dexter Davis, CB 4th round, Arizona Cardinals *Chris Gardocki, P 3rd round, Chicago Bears 1992 Ronald Williams, RB Not drafted, played in Canada 1996 *Trevor Pryce, DT 1st round, Denver Broncos 1997 *Anthony Simmons, LB 1st round, Seattle Seahawks 1998 Rahim Abdullah, OLB 2nd round, Cleveland Browns Corey Hulsey, OT Not Drafted, Free Agent, Buffalo 2000 *Keith Adams, LB 7th round, Tennessee Titans 2003 *Derrick Hamilton, WR 3rd, San Francisco 49ers *Donnell Washington, DT 3rd, Green Bay Packers 2004 *Justin Miller, CB 2nd, New York Jets *Denotes still active in the NFL