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2013 NFL Draft: Looking Back at the 13th Pick Since the Year 2000

By Alan Schechter
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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Sep 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley (95) defends against the Houston Texans during the game at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Titans 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2006: Kamerion Wimbley, LB

Wimbley’s career has taken him from the Cleveland Browns, to the Oakland Raiders, and finally, the Titans in 2012. He has only missed one game in his career, and averages nearly 7 sacks per season. Wimbley has been at or near the performance threshold, worthy of a pick this high.

2007: Marshawn Lynch, RB

I think we have heard of this guy, have we not? Lynch had a decent start to his career in Buffalo. However, when he got to Seattle, “Beast mode” Lynch has turned it up a notch, with 2,700 yards over the last two seasons with the team. Could you imagine if he was still in the AFC East with us? No thanks.

2008: Jonathan Stewart, RB

Stewart has worked out quite a niche as a complementary running back in Carolina. Other than last year when Stewart only played in 9 games, he never rushed for less than 700 yards in a season, and has a career average yards per carry of 4.7.

2009: Brian Orakpo, DEForgetting the fact that Brian did some funny commercials with the bearded guy from the Geico commercials, he has also had a successful football career. He was only in 2 games in 2012, but in the three years before, never recorded a sack total less than 8.5, and as a rookie, was in double-digits with a 11.5 sack total.

2010: Brandon Graham, DE Finally, a name I didn’t recognize. It seemed, for a while there, that the 13th pick is slanted towards success. Finally, we have one player to go against that trend, at least a little bit. Graham actually has played a bit as an extra lineman, with 55 tackles over three years in the league.

2011: Nick Fairley, DT Another guy that is still in the league, but a career backup to date. Fairley has posted 6.5 sacks and 49 tackles over his two seasons in the league.

2012: Michael Floyd, WR Michael Floyd was a highly touted prospect coming out of college into last year. To credit, it was a decent first year, with 45 catches for 562 yards and 2 TDs.

It has been an interesting spot, that number 13. It has a history of being a successful selection number. Were there many busts on that list we just went through? Not really.

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