Famous New York Jets Draft Mistakes

By Alan Schechter
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December 4, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) stands on the field during warm-ups prior to the Jets game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Jets won 34-19. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

I put Darrelle Revis on the front of this post, to remember the good drafts that the Jets have had. Through the years, however, we all know that the Jets have had their share of draft day mistakes. In the next few pages, we are going to remember some of those mistakes, in no particular order. So here we go.

Kyle Brady is selected by the Jets in 1995. The NY crowd was chanting for Warren Sapp, but the Jets had no part of making the fans happy. They draft Brady, who is off the team in 4 years, never amassing more than 315 yards receiving. To add insult to injury, Brady ended his career in New England in 2007 where he earned a Super Bowl ring.

For anyone who doesn’t remember, Warren Sapp amassed 96.5 sacks in his career and went to 7 Pro Bowls. Imagine if Sapp had rocked the Gang Green.

Here’s one for the Jets fans that remember the 1980s. Johnny “Lam” Jones was an Olympic sprinter. Based on this, the Jets decided to use the second pick of the 1980 NFL draft on Jones. They thought they could make him into an impact deep threat on the outside at wide receiver. However, Lam Jones had one major problem. He couldn’t catch the football. His hands were terrible, and in his years with the Jets (1980-1985), he only recorded 138 receptions and 13 TDs.

To make matters worse, they passed on this guy:

Aug 2, 2008; Canton, OH, USA; Art Monk gives his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Art Monk, hall of famer.

Another guy that the Jets used the second pick of the draft on, Blair Thomas from Penn State. He was a highly touted pick in 1990, but he never fulfilled the promise that he had coming out of college. Never rushing for over 750 yards and 3 TDs, he had a very quiet career. A career that ended after five years, and only 2,236 yards rushing, leaves another black mark on the Jets draft history.

Oh by the way, this guy was still on the board:

Jan 28, 1996; Tempe, AZ, USA; FILE PHOTO; Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith (22) in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium. Dallas defeated Pittsburgh 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

It would have been nice for his career to have taken place with the Jets, wouldn’t it?

In 2003, the Jets traded two picks two move up to number 4 overall, and they chose Dewayne Robertson. He was supposed to be an anchor on the defensive line, but that was not to be. Over 5 seasons in New York, Robertson only recorded 14.5 sacks, before being traded to the Bengals in 2008 where he played his last season in the league.

Aug. 21, 2010; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Jets defensive end Vernon Gholston (50) leaves the field after the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Final score, Jets 9 and the Panthers 3. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Vernon Gholston. There is not a lot to be said here other than that. Big Vern. Big lump of nothing.

There are many others, but here is just a sampling. Hopefully the Jets will not follow this path in 2012.

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