Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Brad Smith (16) runs the ball after a catch while being defended by New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills won 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets: Top Ten Draft Picks of the 1990′s: #2

With all of the mistakes that have been made through the draft, the Jets have their share of highs too. Those highs have been especially prominent at the LB level. David Harris, pictured right, is of the Jets best draft picks in recent memory. Since 2007, he has been a force in the middle of the Jets defense despite the fact that his speed has begun to decline. We have talked before about how consistent of a tackler that Harris is.

But, David does not make this list. Why? Because he was drafted in the year 2007. He was on the list of the Jets top 10 draft picks since the year 2000, but does not quality for this list.

The list that we are continuing today is the list of the Top 10 Jets’ Draft Picks of the 1889s. Here is the list so far:

10. Jason Ferguson
09. Richie Anderson
08. Jason Fabini
07. Keyshawn Johnson
06. James Farrior
05. Rob Moore
04. Adrian Murrell
03. Aaron Glenn

Now, we move onward and upward to choice #2.  Harris is in the picture because this next choice is also a linebacker.  He was selected out of Florida State by the Jets with the 4th overall choice in the 1993 NFL draft.  All Jones did was start nearly every game he played in Green and White for the next 11 seasons, the only 11 he played in the NFL.  Who are we talking about?


Take a look at his stats from his career:

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2003 New York Jets 16             16 118 74 44 0.0 3 0.0 0
2002 New York Jets 16             16 109 76 33 0.0 3 1 0 0.0 0 0 1
2001 New York Jets 16             16 135 95 40 1.0 2 3 27 9.0 18 0 2
2000 New York Jets 16             16 1.0 0 0.0 0
1999 New York Jets 16             16 1.0 0 1 15 15.0 15 0 0
1998 New York Jets 0             0 0.0
1997 New York Jets 16             16 3.0 0 0.0 0
1996 New York Jets 12             12 1.0 0 0.0 0
1995 New York Jets 10             10 1.5 0 0.0 0
1994 New York Jets 15             11 0.5 0 0.0 0
1993 New York Jets 9             0 0.0 0 0.0 0
TOTAL 362 245 117 9.0 0 8 5 42 18 0 3

Marvin Jones stepped in as a starter at middle linebacker in 1994, and basically never relinquished the position until he retired.  Although we don’t have the tackle stats from the 1990′s, take a look at them from the 2000′s.

Consistent enough for you?  I think so.  Marvin Jones was a rock for the New York Jets from the day he first put on the uniform, until the day he removed it for the final time.

He, that is, and the #1 choice…..there is your mini clue, tune in tomorrow for the best draft pick of the 1990′s.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    this is really interesting for me as i didn’t follow the team that closely in the nineties until they brought in parcells. after the late eighties meltdown they couldn’t keep my interest through those lean and then even leaner years. i was loosely following the jets west (the other team that apparently sold its soul to win an early super bowl and has suffered ever since, the chiefs). after the chiefs eliminated the jets in the playoffs following the super bowl victory i rooted for them to upset minnesota and they continued as my number two team, until they stole herm. believe it or not i don’t have a clue who will be no. 1. blair thomas?

    • TheJetPress

      heck to the no sir. If Blair Thomas is spoken on a list of mine, it will be on a worst draft picks list. Tune in tomorrow for the number 1 choice.