New York Jets: Top 10 Draft Picks Since the Year 2000

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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

John Idzik’s first time in the major spotlight is just over one month away. In that time, John and his team will be getting it done for the bright lights of NYC and Jets fans everywhere, with his first draft as a head of the New York Jets. What types of picks will he make? Will he have a good feel for directing a room with all football people in it?

How about John Idzik and the coach? Will Rex keep quiet enough to let John Idzik say what he has to say? If they are not on the same page, will their egos allow them to work together efficiently and productively? Which voice will have it’s say? These questions, and more, will be answered in the weeks leading up to, and at the draft.

As those questions are preparing to be answered, we instead are going to take a look back. The Jets, as we all know, have a shady history, at best when it comes to choosing players. We can never feel exquisitely good because whenever we have a year or two of excellent drafting, the Jets would turn around and draft a “Lam” Jones, or a Vernon Gholston. When there are video compilations created about your team’s draft choices, things are not very good.

But there have been some good choices too, whom we have harvested the benefits of, ten fold. Today, we are going to begin to take a look back at those players, by running a new series. We are going to look at the top 10 draft picks by the Jets, dating back to the year 2000 at the earliest. Which draft picks since the year 2000 have made the greatest impact on the Jets in their time with the team? With that, let’s get to it, and take a look at # 10……….


In 2007, the Jets took another guy on the first round that we will talk about at the other end of this countdown, but with their second round draft pick, they took a young linebacker from the University of Michigan named David Harris, who made an impact on this team every year since his arrival. I know that currently, he is associated with a previous era of slow Jets linebackers that they need to move on for. But, when you look at his body of work over all these years, you see the impact David has had. Turn the page for more.

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