New York Jets: Top Ten Draft Picks of the 1990′s: #7

Wayne Chrebet, one of the most productive Jets of the 1990′s.

Wayne Chrebet, pictured right, was one of the top performers for the Jets in the 1990′s. He came on the scene as an undrafted rookie out of Hofstra University, and became the personification of the movie “Rudy”, walking onto the team and playing a prominent role until injuries cut his career short. Was there anyone that the Jets could count on more when a clutch catch was needed? Not by a long shot.

If only Wayne HAD been drafted, however, then he would have made this countdown, and probably been near the top. However, being an undrafted free agent, Wayne unfortunately does not qualify for THIS countdown. As you know, we have been counting down the Jets’ top 10 draft picks in the 1990′s. Here is the list so far:

10. Jason Ferguson
09. Richie Anderson
08. Jason Fabini

Choice number 7 for this list is forever linked to the man pictured to the right.  During his time in the Green and White, he lined up alongside Wayne Chrebet.  At one point, he called him out in his book that he wrote as a rookie, but these two actually became a dynamic WR duo when he finally learned to accept Wayne as his teammate.  Who am I talking about?  I think you know…..

KEYSHAWN JOHNSON

That’s him.  Mr. “Give Me the Damn Ball” himself.  Keyshawn Johnson.  Chosen with the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, he came with high expectations.  Although his attitude was a problem, he did perform well in a Jets uniform.  Take a look at his career stats:

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2006 Carolina Panthers 16             16 70 815 11.6 40 4 1 4 4.0 4T 1 1 1
2005 Dallas Cowboys 16             14 71 839 11.8 34 6 1 3 3.0 3 0 3 3
2004 Dallas Cowboys 16             16 70 981 14.0 39 6 2 13 6.5 13 0 1 1
2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10             10 45 600 13.3 39T 3
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16             16 76 1,088 14.3 76T 5
2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15             15 106 1,266 11.9 47 1 2 1
2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16             16 71 874 12.3 38 8 2 5 2.5 3 0 2 2
1999 New York Jets 16             16 89 1,170 13.1 65 8 5 6 1.2 12 0
1998 New York Jets 16             16 83 1,131 13.6 41T 10 2 60 30.0 35T 1
1997 New York Jets 16             16 70 963 13.8 39 5
1996 New York Jets 14             11 63 844 13.4 50 8
TOTAL 814 10,571 13.0 76 64 13 91 7.0 35 2 9 8

 

He may have written “Give Me the Damn Ball”, but in four seasons with New York, he averaged over 76 receptions per season.  That is quite productive.  He also posted 32 touchdowns (31 receiving, 1 rushing), in his four seasons.  Two of his four seasons went for over 1,000 yards, and one was just under 1,000 (963).

Yes, Keyshawn wrote a book calling out teammates.  He also held the team for ransom in 2000, forcing the trade to Tampa Bay.  But, taking his performance on the field in a vacuum, he is strong enough to make this list.  Those other factors keep him from being higher on the list, but he performed well in the Green and White.

And Keyshawn deserves the spot at #7 on this list.

Topics: Keyshawn Johnson, New York Jets, NFL Draft

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