December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan (31) reacts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Looking Back at the 215th Pick Since the Year 2000


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

It’s the morning of draft day, the wait is finally over. All of the speculation as to what John Idzik is going to do with his two first round picks will be resolved tonight.

In the meantime, let’s complete our “Looking Back..” series, by looking at the Jets’ final scheduled pick this weekend. Let’s see who has been chosen at the 215th pick since the year 2000:

2000: Sekou Sanyka, LB

Sekou recorded 20 tackles and 1 sack over 2 years with the Arizona Cardinals.

2001: Corey Hall, DB

No stats or info per NFL website.

2002: Mike Pucillo, G

Pucillo started 19 games in a 48 game career that took him from the Buffalo Bills, to the Cleveland Browns, and finally the Washington Redskins.

2003: Scott Kooistra, T

Here is a guy that carved out a decent career, spending 9 seasons in the league as a backup lineman.

2004: Alfonso Marshall, CB

Posted 7 tackles in one season in the league.

2005: Daven Holly, DB

Holly had one strong season in 2006, starting 12 games for the Cleveland Browns, recording 57 tackles, 5 passes defended, and 5 INT’s, one returned for a TD. He spent 3 seasons in the NFL with the Browns.

2006: Cortland Finnegan, DB

Clearly, a name everyone recognizes, and about as good a find at the 215th selection that you will find. Here are his career numbers:

G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2012 St. Louis Rams 16             15 101 83 18 1.0 0 8 3 68 22.7 32 1 1
2011 Tennessee Titans 16             16 75 58 17 1.0 11 1 8 8.0 8 0 0
2010 Tennessee Titans 16             16 100 82 18 1.0 0 9 2 41 20.5 41T 1 1
2009 Tennessee Titans 13             13 63 56 7 0.0 0 11 5 194 38.8 80 1 0
2008 Tennessee Titans 16             16 70 58 12 1.0 0 17 5 100 20.0 99T 1 0
2007 Tennessee Titans 16             16 95 79 16 1.0 13 1 14 14.0 14 0 1
2006 Tennessee Titans 16             2 70 55 15 2.0 0 7 0.0 1
TOTAL 574 471 103 7.0 0 76 17 425 99 4 4

See?  A good player can be found after pick #200.

2007: Ben Patrick, TE

In four years with the Cardinals, Patrick recorded 45 catches for 446 yards and 4 TD’s.

2008: Justin Harper, WR

Harper was on the Ravens roster for 2 games, recording zero catches.

2009: Fui Vakapuna, RB

Zero recorded stats for his career.

2010: Jeremy Ware, DB

Jeremy recorded 1 tackle in his one season in the NFL.

2011: D’Aundre Reed, DE

Reed has been active for 6 games in his career, seeing no stats recorded.

2012: Richard Crawford, DB

Crawford recorded 18 tackles and 1 INT in a backup role with the Washington Redskins.

The bottom line is that although this position in the draft doesn’t yield many major performers, it still can, see Cortland Finnegan.

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