2008 was an interesting year in what is the draft lore of the New York Jets. That year was, in the first round alone, a memorable roller coaster. It started near the bottom of the barrel, as Vernon Gholston was announced as the newest member of the New York Jets. It picked up height and speed, however, when the Jets trade back into the latter part of the first round to choose Dustin Keller.
It can be fun to take a step back and see where we have been, in order to get a clearer picture as to where we are going. In that spirit, we are continuing our “Looking Back”, series, and the two players mentioned earlier do not appear in this list. Why? Simple, we are looking back at who has been chosen with the 39th overall pick, to get an idea of the talent level that might be availale to them.
So far we have counted down from 2000-2003.
We have also listed the players from 2004-2007.
Now on to part III, and the rest of the players chosen in that spot.
CHILO RACHAL, OG
Chilo Rachal was chosen by the 49ers with the 39th pick of the draft overall in the year 2008. He started a solid 2.5 seasons for the 49ers before coming back East to start 9 games for the Bears in 2012.