New York Jets: Top 10 Draft Picks Since the Year 2000: #1

For anyone who hasn’t been with us the last several days, let me bring you up to speed. For 10 days now, we have been taking a look back at the last 12 years of drafts by the New York Jets. Specifically, as John Idzik and his team have been preparing for the big night, April 25th, we have been looking back at the top 10 draft picks for the Jets since the year 2000. Here is the list so far, with links to their posts as always:

10. David Harris
09. Mark Sanchez
08. Laveranues Coles
07. Shaun Ellis
06. Chad Pennington
05. Leon Washington
04. Jerricho Cotchery
03. D’Brickashaw Ferguson
02. Nick Mangold

Now, to reveal the number one best draft pick by the Jets since the year 2000.  I am trying to make this at least a little bit suspenseful, but I kid of feel that you already know the answer.  Heck, I had one of my regular readers/commenters already discussing whether or not this player should be the number one choice.

However, I’ll give you the clues.  He’s a cornerback, one that is beloved by the entire fan base for his play on the field.  He may be wearing a different uniform come the start of the 2013 season, and if/when that happens, it will come with a  significantly mixed reaction from Jets Nation.  He takes one man out of the game by himself.  I think you know who I mean…….


Was there really any doubt?  Well, as my commenter did point out, you could make the argument that he should be number 3, behind Mangold and Ferguson.  He has, at least lately, shown a very “me-first” attitude, and it has rubbed a lot of us the wrong way.  He makes a great point, but in this case, I wanted to take the play on the field in a “vacuum”, and taking that into account, there is no other way to go with number one.

Darrelle’s play on the field is beyond superlative. When he has been healthy, he has been the best corner in the sport, and arguably the best corner ever to play the position, and it didn’t always show up in the boxscore. Remember 2010? He had no INT’s but still was second in the race for defensive player of the year. He had no picks because nobody threw at him. His man was never open. Take a look at his career stats:

G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2012 New York Jets 2             2 11 8 3 0.0 3 1 1 1.0 1 0 1
2011 New York Jets 16             16 52 41 11 0.0 0 21 4 184 46.0 100T 1 0
2010 New York Jets 13             13 32 26 6 0.0 10 0.0 0
2009 New York Jets 16             16 54 47 7 0.0 0 31 6 121 20.2 67T 1 0
2008 New York Jets 16             16 58 45 13 1.0 0 16 5 38 7.6 32T 1 1
2007 New York Jets 16             16 87 74 13 0.0 17 3 20 6.7 19 0 1
TOTAL 294 241 53 1.0 0 98 19 364 100 3 3

He quite simply, takes his man out of the game, all by himself. Darrelle’s technique of using his body and pinning his man near the sideline renders him never open. His man is always covered, and when the QB takes a chance, Revis has great hands and is more than athletic enough to make the tough catch. Here are some highlights to refresh all of our memories:

He may be a pain in the neck off the field, but on the field, there is no other choice for number one. Darrelle Revis, nothing more to say.

Honorable Mention: John Abraham

So there is the complete list….what do you guys think?

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  • matr dontelli iii

    nice job on the top 10 alan. i thought i posted this earlier but where it went? i don’t know. i’ll try again and if it’s a duplicate i apologize. i’m wondering what you think should be the least mr. I accepts in a potential rIvIs trade? my thoughts: we’ll have plenty of cap space next year, meaning a trade is not necesary and we could trade cro if necessary for the budget. since he’s a likely hof corner and you can never tell what you’re gonna get from a draft pick, plus we gave up a first and a third, my thinking is at the very least two firsts and a second, more realistically add a third as well and spread them over two years. your thoughts please, if i may?

    • TheJetPress

      You absolutely may Matr, be happy to share.

      If I am Idzik, the trade has to include a first rounder in THIS year’s draft. That’s important to me, there is a lot of talk about a first rounder next year, but depending on how that team plays, that could be a pick in the twenties, which would be way undervalued for Revis. Has to include a first this year, and I believe a 3rd in 2013 as well. Probably two picks in 2014 as well to be honest.

      I equate the value of Darrelle along the lines of the Herschel Walker trade from years ago. I don’t think the Jets are going to get as much as Dallas did back then, but I think they should. But in the alternative, must be a first and a 3rd this year, and two picks next year.

      Even with the surplus of cap room they will have in 2014, I don’t see them paying him, so I believe they have to make a trade, they can’t let him walk next year. That would be very, very bad. Could you imagine? God forbid he walked to New England….there would be vomit all over NY and NJ.

      Thanks for the question…..throw a question my way any time!

      • matr dontelli iii

        Thanks Alan. As a hopeless optimist I try to believe they can resign him, but given his history I guess you’re probably right. Not to mention the TEAM would be stronger with the extra picks. Given the depth of the draft in our areas of need we could probably really turn things around quickly and contend for a playoff spot this year if things break right. Imagine a real pash rush, young talented safety, talented young guard, racon Austin

        • matr dontelli iii

          Sorry, my phone got stupid there. That was supposed to say tavon Austin. Along with a(nother) young QB. Imagine…

        • TheJetPress

          Oh believe me I wish they could bring him back long term too. It’s just that he is going to command SO MUCH money, that it will just be an impossible amount to give a cornerback. I’ll tell you what I say to a lot of others….Revis is great, but a lot of teams have won Super Bowls, none of them have Revis.

          Draft picks are the fastest way to turn it around, this year or any year. Look at our hated team up in New England. We can say a lot of about them, but they always have a ton of draft picks, and that is how they keep the talent flowing in there every year. Draft, draft, draft. Idzik has the right idea there.

          Your scenario by the way, with the safety, Austin..etc? LOVE IT. Something to hope for. :)