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

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Take a look at David Harris’ stats:

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2012 New York Jets 16             16 123 79 44 3.0 3 0.0 1
2011 New York Jets 16             16 86 65 21 5.0 0 8 4 55 13.8 35T 1 0
2010 New York Jets 16             16 99 69 30 3.0 3 0.0 1
2009 New York Jets 16             16 127 82 45 5.5 3 2 24 12.0 14 0 2
2008 New York Jets 11             11 75 52 23 1.0 1 0.0 0
2007 New York Jets 16             9 127 90 37 5.0 3 0.0 2
TOTAL 637 437 200 22.5 0 21 6 79 35 1 6

David Harris essentially took over for Jonathan Vilma when he arrived.  Vilma, according to Mangini, didn’t fit into his scheme, and Harris did, so the move was made.  And it paid off.

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Look at those tackle stats through the years. Averaging just a little over 106 tackles is the picture of consistency.   Those six years have given us a wide variety of results, from missing the playoffs all the way to title games.  Through it all, David Harris has been the guy the Jets can always count on to be there and perform well.

Take a look at his durability over the years as well.  He has missed 5 games in 6 years.  You can’t get a heck of a lot better than that.  What’s more, there have been 12 games in his career that he hasn’t started.  That is the definition of a mainstay.

Harris has not been short of big plays either, with 6 forced fumbles, and 6 interceptions in his career.

And here is one interception that we will all remember David for:

Who can forget that one from two years ago? I know that my blood pressure got going again just watching that on tape. What a moment that was, watching the big guy take a floater away from Mr. Brady and run past him.

A definite choice for our top 10.

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