2013 NFL Draft: Looking Back at the 9th Pick Since the Year 2000, Part III

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Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The draft is just under two weeks away, ladies and gentlemen. You know the scenario by now, the Jets begin that Thursday night with the 9th pick overall. John Idzik, Rex Ryan and company have a lot of work to do, in order to bring the Jets back to a playoff level team. The draft is going to be their “lifeline”, so this is the first of many life lines to come.

Over the last couple of days, we have been reviewing the last 12 years of the 9th pick of the draft. So far, the articles have come out reviewing the pick from 2000-2003, and 2004-2007.

You can get an idea of where you are going, when you know where you have been, so with that, let’s get to the final five choices at #9 since the year 2000:

Dec 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Keith Rivers (55) works against New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief (64) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Keith Rivers was chosen by the Bengals with 9th pick overall in the 2008 draft. Most recently, Rivers has been a New York Giants’ linebacker, but he spent his first 3 years, which were more productive, in Cincinatti. Another non-superstar, but a nice player.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    judging by comments made by rex regarding different draft picks, connor and hill in particular, i’m guessing mr. t sometimes allowed rex to make the call on draft day and sometimes made the call himself. i’ll extend that to where i’ll guess rex was behind the mo w. pick as well as coples. if i’m correct in these guesses that would indicate rex is pretty good at picking jewels in the first round (we’ll blame wilson on mr. t, even though i would guess rex was behind that one as well). i really hope they hit a home run with the first rounder. if they can grab mo with the thirtieth pick, i’m hoping we can get a future hof olb with the ninth pick. my optimism knows no bounds. :-) oh, yeah, that doesn’t mean mo won’t spend his entire career here and become a hofer….

    • TheJetPress

      I would agree with that. I think Rex got some choices on his own, as did Mr. T. This ultimately would have led to his demise in my opinion. The GM has to be the face of those decisions. The coach can have a voice, but the GM has to be the ultimate voice.