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New York Jets: Top Five Draft Busts Since the Year 2000: #4

By Alan Schechter

The Jets tried to replace Chad Pennington in 2006, but instead, they found their #4 draft bust since 2000.

In 2000, the Jets drafted a quarterback that became one of the most under appreciated Jets in recent memory. Chad Pennington leads all quarterbacks in all time completion percentage. He may not have been the “glamorous” quarterback to watch, not having the strongest arm there is. But the numbers don’t lie, and every time Chad Pennington was healthy for an entire season, the Jets made the playoffs.

Chad Pennington emphatically does NOT appear on this list that we are discussing. Yesterday, we began a countdown of the five biggest draft busts for the Jets since 2000. We ALL know that there are more, I just don’t want to dwell on the topic for more than five installments.

In case you missed it, here is the first installment, naming John Conner as number 5.

So, why is Chad Pennington pictured here, as our segue into the #4 selection?  Pennington could be on a TOP draft pick list.  Here’s why.  Because the man drafted to take over for Chad Pennington is the clear cut choice at #4.  Ready to be sick?


Dec 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens (10) and center Scott Wells (63) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when the “experts” were hot to trot about this choice? Didn’t one of them call our pick the “best quarterback in the class” back in 2006? I believe they did. How did that work out?

Chad competed, and won the job in 2006, in a season that ended with a Comeback Player of the Year award. (He won it again with the Dolphins.) Kellen Clemens was given the opportunity to make the starting lineup every year through 2009. He was the only one that kept learning, and re-learning the same Schottenheimer offense. Did it help? No! Why? Because he isn’t a good quarterback.

He is a great draft bust though.