New York Jets GM's Inaugural NFL Drafts: A Look Back

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Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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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:

1 14 Jeff Lageman DE Virginia
2 42 Dennis Byrd DE Tulsa
3 70 Joe Mott LB Iowa
4 98 Ron Stallworth DE Auburn
5 126 Tony Martin WR Mesa State
6 151 Marvin Washington DE Idaho
6 153 Titus Dixon WR Troy State
7 181 Stevon Moore DB Mississippi
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
12 321 Willie Snead Florida

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?

January 8, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior (51) during the second quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

1 8 James Farrior OLB Virginia
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
5 145 Ray Austin DB Tennessee
6 164 Tim Scharf Northwestern
6 191 Chuck Clements QB Houston
7 202 Steve Rosga DB Colorado
7 229 Jason Ferguson DT Georgia

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.

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