The draft is rapidly approaching if you haven’t noticed. As you land on this post this morning, you may have realized that the start of this year’s NFL draft is two weeks from tonight! Is it football, as in a game? No of course not. But we can start to get excited, our game is making its way back.
For the last several days, as the Jets have prepared to move forward, we are looking back. We first looked back at the top draft picks since the year 2000. Now, we are finishing up a list of the top 10 Jets’ draft picks of the 1990s. Here is where the list stands so far:
Now for the number one choice. This man was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 1991 NFL draft, with the 63rd overall choice. He was an outside linebacker, that playe a great deal with choice number 2, Marvin Jones. He spent his entire career with the Jets, from his draft in 1991 through 2003, as a starting linebacker his entire career.
However, his career takes on a sour memory for Jets fans as well, as he will be remembered for the hit that started the career of a future Hall of Fame quarterback. But, despite that he was a great Jet. His name?
Here are his career numbers, per NFL.com:
|2003||New York Jets||15||15||47||33||14||0.0||–||2||–||–||0.0||–||–||1|
|2002||New York Jets||16||16||80||66||14||0.5||–||3||1||14||14.0||14||0||3|
|2001||New York Jets||16||16||107||76||31||3.0||0||1||1||17||17.0||17||0||2|
|2000||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||10.0||–||0||1||23||23.0||23||0||0|
|1999||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||5.5||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
|1998||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||7.0||–||0||1||11||11.0||11||0||0|
|1997||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||8.0||0||0||1||43||43.0||43T||1||0|
|1996||New York Jets||9||9||–||–||–||0.5||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
|1995||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||5.0||0||0||2||22||11.0||15T||1||0|
|1994||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||6.0||0||0||4||106||26.5||67T||2||0|
|1993||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||4.0||–||0||2||4||2.0||3||0||0|
|1992||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||2.0||–||0||1||1||1.0||1||0||0|
|1991||New York Jets||16||15||–||–||–||1.0||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
Again, since the tackle stats from the 1990′s are not available, it’s hard to justify the ranking based on the notes above. We have to go by what we remember of the player, and Mo Lewis was a real leader, on some very bad Jets teams.
As we manuvered through the Bruce Coslet years, to Pete Carroll, to Rich Kotite, and finally onward to Bill, and to Herm Edwards, the constant was Mo Lewis. He was as consistent as anybody.
Bill Parcells got a lot out of him in the pass rushing department as well, as you might notice he recorded 20.5 sacks over Bill’s 3 years, and than 10 in Al Groh’s 2000 season. The guy was a force to be reckoned with.
He was such a talented player, that it is unfortunate that he is, and is going to be, remembered for this:
Which unfortunately began, this……………….
Despite that, however, Mo Lewis was a great New York Jets linebacker for a long time, and well deserving of the top spot on this countdown.
What do you think of the list? Agree? Disagree? Hit me up below…….