Top 11 biggest NFL Draft steals in NY Jets history

Who is the biggest draft steal in Jets history?
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6. Dan Alexander, OG, NY Jets

Being an offensive lineman is often a thankless job, and that's especially true when you're surrounded by other more notable and famous players. Such was the case for Dan Alexander throughout his highly successful 13-year career with the Jets.

Drafted in the eighth round back in 1977, Alexander started a whopping 183 games for the Jets over the next 13 seasons, almost exclusively at right guard. Only five players in Jets history have appeared in more games for the green and white.

Alexander was never an All-Pro at his position, but he held down a starting job for over a decade. That's pretty impressive considering where he was drafted.

5. Laveranues Coles, WR, NY Jets

Following a nondescript rookie year, Laveranues Coles burst onto the scene in his second NFL season and quickly developed into one of the better Jets wide receivers in recent memory.

Over two stints with the Jets, Coles hauled in 459 catches for 5,941 yards and 37 touchdowns, placing him fifth all-time in receiving yards in Jets history. That's a heck of a career for a player who was a third-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Coles is one of the most successful and decorated receivers in Jets history, making him an obvious fit on this list.

4. Mo Lewis, LB, NY Jets

Mo Lewis will forever be associated with one play that helped spawn arguably the greatest quarterback of all time and the Jets' longtime adversary, but that shouldn't take away from what was an incredible NFL career.

A third-round pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, Lewis was a Defensive Rookie of the Year finalist as a rookie and went on to make three Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams over 13 seasons with the Jets.

Lewis is fourth all-time in games played by a Jets player and was genuinely one of the best linebackers in football during his prime. That's quite the value pick for a player selected in the third round.