Well, I guess we have to go back to the first round for our “Looking Back….” series.
As many of you already know, we have been looking at the Jets’ draft picks in the upcoming draft, and going back to 2000 to see the players that were chosen in the Jets position in previous years. This way, we can see how often the position has yielded stars, talented players, or players that never made it.
Well, with the goings-on from yesterday, we need to double back to the first round. The Jets now have, in addition to the ninth pick overall, the 13th pick overall. With that move, let’s go back and take a look at the 13th overall choice since the year 2000, and see who has been chosen through the years:
2000: Shaun Ellis, DE
The look back starts in 2000, and the Jets had the choice. That choice Shaun Ellis, defensive end from Tenneessee, started nearly every game with the team between 2000 and 2010.
2001: Marcus Stroud, DE
Stroud was a productive starter from his years with the Jaguars (2001-2007), and the Bills (2008-2010). Influential in the pass rush, Stroud recorded multiple sacks in every season except for 2005 with the Jaguars.
2002: Donte Stallworth, WR
Stallworth is a talented wide receiver with upside. He has posted one 70 reception season while with the Saints, and although he has never received, 1,000 yards in a season, he was close in the 70 reception year with 945 yards. He has had legal troubles off the field, all contributing to a mediocre career.
2003: Ty Warren, DE
Another guy that fit into the puzzle/his role admirably. Starting in 2004, Warren started every game along the Pats’ defensive line through 2009. He was always a consistent performer, never letting his tackle total to drop out of the 40s, and peeking with 84 in 2006.
2004: Lee Evans, WR
Evans did post 2 different 1,000 yard seasons, he always had, with a couple of exceptions, reception totals in the 40s and 50s. His stats are hardly terrible, they just aren’t high enough to be worthy of the pick that was used on him.
2005: Jammal Brown, T
After arriving in New Orleans in 2005, Brown started nearly every game between his selection in 2005 through the end of the 2011 season. The only really significant way to judge his time with his team is how often he started. If you start as often as Brown did, it is clearly of high-caliber.