2013 NFL Draft: Looking Back at the 178th Pick Since the Year 2000


April 28 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; One of the many NFL draft rooms, pre-battle. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Just over 24 hours away is the start of the 2013 NFL draft. What is John Idzik going to do with that 9th and 13th pick? Defense? Offense? Both? We will find out soon enough.

Today we continue our trip down memory lane, taking a look at the different choices the Jets have in the upcoming draft, and looking back at the players chosen with the same selection since the year 2000. That way, we can see if it has given us predominantly busts, players that stick, or a combination. Yesterday was our most recent installment, chronicling the 141st pick.

Moving right along, we take a look at the 178th pick since the year 2000:

2000: John Frank(no position listed)

2001: Tony Driver, DB

Recorded 4 tackles in a short two year career with the Buffalo Bills.

2002: Matt Anderle (no position listed)

2003: BJ Tucker, DB

Recorded 19 tackles with the San Francisco 49ers between 2005-2006.

2004: Marko Cavka, T

This was a Jets’ draft pick in 2004, never made the team.

2005: Antonio Bryant, DT

Started 6 games in his career that went from 2005-2010, and he recorded 19 tackles in that time.

2006: Keith Ellison, ILB

Here is our first fairly significant performer, who played well at linebacker for the Buffalo Bills from 2006-2010.  He recorded 265 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INT’s, and 11 passes defended as a backup linebacker.

November 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks an extra point against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Jets defeated the Rams 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

2007: Nick Folk, K

Hey!  Now there is a name we all know, huh?  Nick was drafted by Dallas with the 178th choice in 2007.  We don’t need to say much, we know Folk has been great for us.

2008: Taylor Mehlhaff, K

Made three field goals in his career as a member of the New Orleans Saints.

2009: Mike Teel, QB

Never made a team as a rookie.

2010: Rusty Smith, QB

Has thrown 5 passes in his career with the Titans, completing three.

2011: Aldrick Robinson, WR

Caught 11 passes in 2012 for the Redskins for 237 yards and 3 TDs.

2012: Mark Asper, G

Active for one game as a member of the Jaguars.

Clearly not a very active draft spot in terms of great players through the years.  Nick Folk has been great, but when the best player in that slot is a kicker, it hasn’t exactly been a bountiful harvest.

We shall see on Saturday how it goes.