Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) introduces quarterback Andrew Luck (Stanford) as the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
In reviewing drafts, both recent and farther back in history, we spend a lot of time talking about the higher picks in the draft, and rightfully so. Guys like Andrew Luck, RG III, Eli, Peyton, …etc, are the types of players that are going to make most of the significant memories for us, so logically, we are going to talk about them the most. But, what about the lower rounds? Who are some of the players that have been taken in the lower rounds?
That is what we are going to begin looking at today. As you know, we have been taking a look at the various choices the Jets have in the upcoming draft, and going back as far as the year 2000 to see who has been selected in that spot, so get an idea if there is a history of players that make the team, or not so much. Most recently, we took a look at the Jets’ 4th selection in the upcoming draft, the 106th pick, as well as the newly acquired 13th pick.
The Jets’ next choice in the draft is in the 5th round, #141 overall. Let’s see how this postion has performed since the year 2000:
2000: Dave Stachelski, TE: Dave was chosen by the Patriots in 2000, and he ended up making the Saints’ roster, and posted 1 catch in the 9 games that he was available.
2001: Billy Baber, TE: Baber was chosen by the Chiefs with the 141st pick in the 2001 draft. He lingered around the league as a backup through 2004, posting 4 catches in his short career.
2002: Andra Davis, TE: Davis is a guy that made an impact from the 141st pick in the draft. He was chosen there by the Cleveland Browns, and was a predominantly full-time starter from 2003-2008, and then 2009 with the Denver Broncos, before he ended his career with 2 years as a backup in Buffalo. For his career, Andra Davis has posted 786 tackles and 12 sacks.
2003: Kenny King, DT: The Cardinals chose King with this pick in 2003, but he was only active for his rookie year, putting up 17 tackles that year before he faded into oblivion.
2004: Jake Scott, G: This was the Colts selection in 2004, and became a hidden gem from the 141st spot. From 2004-2012, which took him from the Colts to the Titans to the Eagles, Scott started all but 3 games that he was active. At a position that is difficult to evaluate due to lack of statisitics, starting that often is a pretty impressive stat.
2005: Donte Nicholson, DB: After being chosen by Tampa Bay in 2005, Donte Nicholson was active for 14 games over 4 years, recording 11 tackles.
2006: Jonathan Scott, T: The Lions selected Jonathan Scott with this choice in 2006. Scott has been a career backup from arriving in the league in 2006, during a career that has taken him from Detroit, to Buffalo, to Pittsburgh, and finally, to Chicago.
2007: Greg Peterson, DT: Peterson was chosen by Tampa Bay in 2007. Over three years in the league, two of them in Tampa and one in Jacksonville, Peterson was a backup tackle, recording 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Dec 9, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Gary Barnidge (82) with the ball in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
2008: Gary Barnidge, TE:Barnidge has been a career backup tight end after being chosen by the Panthers, putting up 18 catches for 320 yards and 1 TD.
2009: Kenny McKinley, WR:After being drafted, McKinley was active for eight games, recording no catches.
2010: Joshua Moore, DB:Another insignificant choice, Joshua Moore was active for 3 games his rookie year, recording only 1 tackle.
2011: D.J. Williams, TEWilliams has been a backup TE for Aaron Rodgers and company, recording 9 catches for 70 yards.
2012: Adam Gettis, GGettis was inactive for all 16 games in his rookie year.
All in all, not a very successful draft position over the last 12 years. Not that it can’t be, it’s just interesting to look back and see who has been picked in what position in the past.