The 20 best draft picks in NY Jets franchise history

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4. Wesley Walker, WR, NY Jets (33rd overall - 1977)

Now we get into the elite of the elite. These are the undisputed four best draft picks in Jets history, starting with another player from that historic 1977 draft class that also featured the likes of Marvin Powell and Dan Alexander (as well as another player on this list).

Wesley Walker may not be the best wide receiver in Jets history — that honor likely belongs to Don Maynard. But Walker's a close second.

Walker ranks second in Jets history behind Maynard in receiving yards and touchdowns having spent 13 seasons with the franchise. He's a rightful member of the team's Ring of Honor and an obvious selection for this list.

The Jets managed to grab one of the better wide receivers of his era in the second round. That's a great draft pick if I've ever seen one.

3. Mark Gastineau, DE, NY Jets (41st overall - 1979)

The first member of the New York Sack Exchange on this list, Mark Gastineau is one of the most iconic players in Jets history. From his signature sack dance to his record-breaking production, Gastineau belongs high on this list.

Drafted in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Gastineau played 10 seasons with the Jets, and while his peak wasn't super long, he was one of the best players in the NFL during that time.

Gastineau was named the 1982 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and recorded a then-NFL-record 22.0 sacks in 1984 — a record that stood for 17 years until it was broken (in controversial fashion) by Michael Strahan in 2001.

He's one of the greats in franchise history, and seeing as he wasn't even a top-40 pick, Gastineau is absolutely one of the best draft picks the Jets have ever made.