Sept 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets: Top 10 Draft Picks Since the Year 2000: #4

In recent seasons, the Jets have gotten a lot of help at the receiver position through free agency and trades. Braylon Edwards was acquired via trade. Guys were brought in as free agents, such as Clyde Gates and Chaz Schilens. Most prominently, we saw the guy to the right brought in via trade, Santonio Holmes.

However, in this countdown, we are looking at players that WERE drafted by the team. Specifically, we are looking at the top ten draft picks by the Jets since the year 2000. Take a look at the list so far:

10. David Harris
09. Mark Sanchez
08. Laveranues Coles
07. Shaun Ellis
06. Chad Pennington
05. Leon Washington

For number 4, we move to a receiver that WAS chosen by the Jets.  He was a fan favorite, playing seven years with the team after being chosen with the 108th pick overall in 2004, the Jets fourth round pick.  Number 4 on the list is………………………………..

JERRICHO COTCHERY

Here are his career stats:

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD 20+ 40+ 1st FUM
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 17 205 12.1 14.6 24 0 4 0 12 0
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers 13 16 237 14.8 18.2 36 2 4 0 13 0
2010 New York Jets 14 41 433 10.6 30.9 49 2 3 1 26 0
2009 New York Jets 14 57 821 14.4 58.6 53 3 13 4 44 0
2008 New York Jets 16 71 858 12.1 53.6 56T 5 11 3 43 2
2007 New York Jets 15 82 1,130 13.8 75.3 50 2 18 4 51 1
2006 New York Jets 16 82 961 11.7 60.1 71T 6 12 1 53 0
2005 New York Jets 16 19 251 13.2 15.7 45 0 3 1 13 0
2004 New York Jets 12 6 60 10.0 5.0 18 0 0 0 4 0
TOTAL 130 391 4,956 12.7 38.1 71 20 68 14 259 3

Was Jerricho the guy that would put up 1000 yards receiving every year? No. Look at his stats, he actually only did that one year. But what Jerricho was GREAT at was making the big catch when the team needed him to make it. For example, go back to 2006, Eric Mangini’s first year. He had two big TDs in wins over the Patriots and the Dolphins.

He also had a huge game in the now famous win in Rex history, the 2010 divisional playoff game against the Patriots, posting 5 catches for 96 yards.

Instead of posting all of his wonderful moments, just take a look at a reel of them via this highlight video:

If anyone ever embodied the phrase “Play Like a Jet”, it was Jerricho Cotchery. But he not only is beloved for his play, but for his leadership abilities. His leaving for Pittsburgh is one of the reasons mentioned as to why the locker room with the Jets is not what it used to be.

He was a leader, and a fine player. He is more than worthy of being on this list. #89, Jerricho Cotchery.

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