Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Warren Sapp walks the sidelines before Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets: Top Ten Draft Picks of the 1990′s: #6

Warren Sapp, the man pictured to the right, could have, and probably should have, been a member of the New York Jets. Remember gang? The year was 1995, and the Jets held the 9th pick overall. Warren Sapp was sitting there on the board, and available. The New York City crowd was chanting his name. But what do the Jets do? Choose Kyle Brady. How did that work out? It became a notch on the list of Jets biggest blunders. Had the Jets chosen Sapp, there would be a great chance that he would have been at the top of this list. Hopefully the Jets won’t botch the 9th pick this badly again in a few weeks.

But, we are not going to dwell on the mis-step. Instead, we are going to keep delving through the wreckage in search of the top 10 draft picks of the 1990’s. Here is the list so far:

10. Jason Ferguson
09. Richie Anderson
08. Jason Fabini
07. Keyshawn Johnson

Onward and upward to number 6.

The number 6 choice also did not finish his career in the Green and White.  However, he did start here, and was the first choice of the Bill Parcells era.

The Jets chose this man with the 8th pick overall in 1997.  He was a linebacker out of the University of Virginia, and although he his biggest noise in the league as a member of the Steelers, his five years in the Green and White were enough to make this list.  Who am I talking about?  Wait for it………………..

JAMES FARRIOR

Here are his stats as a pro:

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers 14             14 78 54 24 2.0 3 0.0 0
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers 16             16 109 80 29 6.0 5 0.0 1
2009 Pittsburgh Steelers 16             16 102 68 34 3.0 5 1 18 18.0 18 0 1
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers 16             16 133 87 46 3.5 5 0.0 1
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers 16             16 94 64 30 6.5 7 1 0 0.0 0 0 2
2006 Pittsburgh Steelers 16             16 126 83 43 4.0 5 1 1 1.0 1 0 2
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers 14             14 119 74 45 2.0 5 0.0 2
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 16             16 94 65 29 3.0 0 8 4 113 28.2 41 1 3
2003 Pittsburgh Steelers 16             16 141 96 45 0.0 4 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers 14             14 82 60 22 0.0 1 0.0 0
2001 New York Jets 16             16 142 106 36 1.0 7 2 84 42.0 47 0 3
2000 New York Jets 16             6 1.0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
1999 New York Jets 16             4 2.0 0 0.0 0
1998 New York Jets 12             2 0.0 0 0.0 0
1997 New York Jets 16             15 1.5 0 0.0 0
TOTAL 1,220 837 383 35.5 0 55 11 225 47 1 15

 

To tell you the truth, this number 6 spot was tough to award, as there were a lot of guys that were good, but not great.  Others weren’t on the team long enough.  It’s also tough to evaluate Farrior because the tackle statistics weren’t available for the early part of his career, and I completely understand if you guys disagree with me.

For me, I am remembering what I saw of Farrior back in the day, knowing he would have a big impact when he got to play.  It showed in 2001, when he finally got the chance to start, and posted 142 total tackles to show for it.  He went on the excel as a member of the Steelers, but for me, he did enough in the Green and White to make this list.

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