New York Jets destined to make NFL Draft history in 2020
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The New York Jets are on pace to make some NFL Draft history in 2020. Here are all the details and what it means for the future of the franchise.
The New York Jets had us all fooled for a moment.
They were terrible to start off the year thanks to injuries and weird diseases, then the team was one of the hottest in all of football, and now they’re back at the bottom where they belong.
Now with just four games left in the 2019 season, the Jets sit at 4-8 and if the year ended would own the No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
2020 NFL Draft order as of Week 14:
- Cincinnati Bengals (1-11)
- New York Giants (2-10)
- Washington Redskins (3-9)
- Miami Dolphins (3-9)
- Atlanta Falcons (3-9)
- Detroit Lions (3-8-1)
- Arizona Cardinals (3-8-1)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
- New York Jets (4-8)
- LA Chargers (4-8)
In the final four games of the 2019 season, the Jets have three matchups vs current playoff teams in the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and the Buffalo Bills.
The only game that appears imminently winnable is the Dolphins and of course, the Jets have already lost to that team prior to their recent winning streak.
Which means the green and white are destined for another top-10 NFL Draft choice, stop me if you’ve heard that before.
Actually I’m sure you have because, since 1970, the Jets have made a record-breaking 25 selections in the top-10 of the NFL Draft:
2019: DT, Quinnen Williams, third overall
2018: QB, Sam Darnold, third overall
2017: S, Jamal Adams, sixth overall
2015: DE, Leonard Williams, sixth overall
2013: DB, Dee Milliner, ninth overall
2009: QB, Marck Sanchez, fifth overall (traded up from No. 17)
2008: DE, Vernon Gholston, sixth overall
2006: T, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, fourth overall
2003: DT, Dewayne Robertson, fourth overall
1997: LB, James Farrior, eighth overall
1996: WR, Keyshawn Johnson, No. 1 overall
1995: TE, Kyle Brady, ninth overall
1993: LB, Marvin Jones, fourth overall
1990: RB, Blair Thomas, second overall
1988: G, Dave Cadigan, eighth overall
1985: WR, Al Toon, 10th overall
1984: DB, Russell Carter, 10th overall
1981: RB, Freeman McNeil, third overall
1980: WR, Lam Jones, second overall
1978: T, Chris Ward, fourth overall
1977: T, Marvin Powell, fourth overall
1976: QB, Richard Todd, sixth overall
1974: DT, Carl Barzilauskas, sixth overall
1972: TE, Jerome Barkum, ninth overall
1971: RB, John Riggins, sixth overall
So in other words, in the last 49 years, half of those the Jets have had a top-10 NFL Draft choice. So there’s that.