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Today, we are approximately six weeks away from John Idzik’s first draft as general manager of the New York Jets. With that, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the Jets most recent general managers, and look back at how their first drafts turned out. Some were good, some were a mix. Let’s take a look. First, we are going to go back to 1989, and see how the late Dick Steinberg did in his first try with the team:
|5||126||Tony Martin||WR||Mesa State|
|6||153||Titus Dixon||WR||Troy State|
|8||209||A.B. Brown||RB||West Virginia|
|9||237||Pat Marlatt||–||West Virginia|
|10||265||Adam Bob||LB||Texas A&M|
|11||293||Artie Holmes||–||Washington State|
This obviously wasn’t the best first draft ever, but, Dennis Byrd would have been a high mark had it not been for the tragic accident that unfortunate day at the Meadowlands.
Bill Parcells led the Jets into his first draft in 1997. How did he do?
|2||31||Rick Terry||DT||North Carolina|
|3||88||Dedric Ward||WR||Northern Iowa|
|4||102||Terry Day||DE||Mississippi State|
|4||104||Leon Johnson||RB||North Carolina|
|5||131||Lamont Burns||G||East Carolina|
Jason Ferguson actually turned into a very nice nose tackle if you remember. He followed Bill to Dallas and performed well for him too. Leon Johnson did some nice things, and Farrior is a good player, although he didn’t stay with us quite long enough.
We will look at more recent drafts on the next page.