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New York Jets: Top Ten Draft Picks of the 1990′s: #1

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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:

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

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:

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
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
TOTAL 234 175 59 52.5 0 6 14 241 67 4 6

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…….

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  • matr dontelli iii

    nice job, as always alan. just wondering if you dare do the eighties or if it’s maybe easier to do a worst list of the nineties or 2000s. or maybe all time greatest jets, drafted or not…

    • TheJetPress

      I am going for one of those choices…haven’t decided which one at the moment…still pondering my next move.

      • matr dontelli iii

        or maybe top ten jet alumni contributions. former players who have done the most for the team since their careers ended, with names such as dennid byrd, greg and marty in broadcasting and chad coming to mind immediately. i like the number nine picks that youstarted today, btw

        • TheJetPress

          That’s not a bad idea. You might see that one in print Matr. Even if I don’t do it right away I might hit that one down the line. Thanks!.
          Keep watching the number 9 picks thing by the way. I am going ot go through all of the choices they have this year, and look back at those positions, to see the history of the selection. It should be fun.

          • matr dontelli iii

            believe me alan, you don’t have to ask me to keep reading. i enjoy your analysis and i love being able to comment without the espn/yahoo type reactions i see on the other ‘better’ blog sites, toj and tjb. one site i mentioned how great our needs are due to mr t. leaving the cupboard bare and was told that i shouldn’t be concerned about our guards! really? i mean, how can you even respond to that without calling him out as an idiot. we’ve got an injury prone guard and ducasse. nothing to worry about there! let’s go get a first round qb! sheesh. at least pople don’t comment ‘first!’ keep it up. i love your site. thank you.

          • TheJetPress

            I figured that part, I just was saying keep reading that series, because if you like it you will like as I continue with the other picks. I didn’t think you were going anywhere LOL.

            Glad you like our sites. We wouldn’t have them if it weren’t fore readers like yourself, and I am sure Joe at TOJ and the guys at TJB would say the same. That’s why you stay here….way better response/dialogue than those major sites.