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Top 5 New York Jets Draft Picks in the 2000’s: Number 5

By Alan Schechter

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 Jets have had a checkered history when it comes to the NFL draft, to say the least. For every Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis, there have been just as many Vernon Gholstons and Kyle Bradys. To say that the Jets have been far from perfect when it comes to the draft would be putting it mildly. It’s often a rough weekend for us.

John Idzik is preparing to take the Jets into his first draft as the team general manager. With that, I thought it might be fun to look at some of the Jets best draft picks in recent memory. Starting with the 2000s, we will go back and look at the top five draft picks the Jets have chosen in each decade. So here we go, the number 5 best pick of the 2000s is………….


With the 12th overall pick in 2000, the Jets took Shaun, and he was a force on the team for many many years. He started nearly every game at defensive end between the years 2001-2010. During those seasons, he only posted one season with less than 4 sacks, and posted years in 2003-2004 with 12.5 and 11 sacks. It’s been a long time since we had that kind of pass rush, is it not, ladies and gentlemen?

One of his bigger days as a member of the New York Jets came at the end of his career, in the 2010 playoffs. In the divisional playoff win over New England, Ellis posted 5 tackles and 2 sacks, proving he was still a force for the Jets, even in the twilight of his career.

He was a heck of a football player for a long time, and an obvious choice for this list. Defensive end, Shaun Ellis.