2002 NFL Draft: An Up and Down Draft for the New York Jets

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With the draft only a couple of days away, we are taking a look back at previous Jets drafts that are celebrating anniversaries. Yesterday we took a look at the draft from five years ago. Today we look at 10 years ago, the 2002 NFL draft, which produced mixed results for the New York Jets

September 13, 2010; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas (58) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

The first round, 22nd pick overall, yielded the Jets Bryan Thomas, and it was as solid a pick as ever. He has been a staple on the Jets defense for many years now, adding both good tackling and a pass rush, with 418 tackles and 31 sacks for his career. The Jets sorely missed his ability to set the edge in the running game in 2011.

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