Top 11 biggest NFL Draft steals in NY Jets history

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3. Randy Rasmussen, OG, NY Jets

Randy Rasmussen has played more games than any Jets player not named Pat Leahy, and for whatever reason, he tends to fly under the radar when discussing Jets draft gems.

A 12th-round pick in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, Rasmussen started a whopping 199 games at left guard over 15 seasons with the Jets. He was the team's starting left guard for their first and so far only Super Bowl win in 1969.

Rasmussen is one of just five players (out of 26) drafted in that 12 round to even appear in an NFL game. As you might imagine, none of the others come close to matching the 207 total games he played with the Jets.

2. Joe Fields, C, NY Jets

The Jets have a rich history of standout centers over the years, but before there was Nick Mangold, Kevin Mawae, and even Jim Sweeney, there was a lesser-known former 14th-round draft pick.

When Joe Fields was selected by the Jets in the 14th round of the 1975 NFL Draft, few would've expected him to start 155 career games with the team over 13 years in the NFL.

Fields two Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams during his time with the Jets, establishing himself as a franchise mainstay who survived six different coaches and a host of different quarterbacks, including both Joe Namath and Ken O'Brien.

1. Joe Klecko, DL, NY Jets

There was never going to be any other choice. One of the greatest players in Jets history also happens to be a former sixth-round pick. We're, of course, talking about Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Klecko.

A sixth-round pick in the 1977 NFL Draft, Klecko helped revolutionize the sport as one of the NFL's first great sack artists. He anchored the famed New York Sack Exchange, establishing a sense of identity for the Jets' defense at the time.

Klecko was a larger-than-life icon on and off the gridiron and is widely seen as one of the best defensive linemen of his era. Not bad for a sixth-round pick.