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The 20 best draft picks in NY Jets franchise history

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20. Shaun Ellis, DE, NY Jets (12th overall - 2000)

Shaun Ellis was a member of the Jets' historic 2000 NFL Draft class that featured an NFL-record four first-round picks — a mark that still hasn't been matched by any other team to this point.

And as a brief spoiler, Ellis isn't the only member of that draft class on this list. The 12th overall pick in 2000, Ellis spent over a decade in green and white, making the playoffs under three different head coaches (Herman Edwards, Eric Mangini, and Rex Ryan).

Ellis finished his Jets career with a whopping 72.5 sacks, a figure that ranked third all-time in franchise history. He was a cornerstone of the Jets' defense for 11 years and certainly proved to be worth that 12th overall pick.

His longevity, production, and on/off-field leadership earn him a rightful spot on this list.

19. Marvin Powell, OT, NY Jets (4th overall - 1977)

It's easy to forget just how good Marvin Powell was in his prime given that the Jets' organization was mostly treading water during his time with the team. He's someone who should be celebrated more than he currently is.

The fourth overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft, Powell remains tied for the highest-drafted offensive lineman in franchise history. Powell doesn't have the longevity that others on this list do having only played nine years with the Jets, but his peak was arguably the best of any Jets tackle ever.

The former USC star made five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1979 to 1983 and was twice named first-team All-Pro. He's a member of the Jets' All-Time Four-Decade team and someone who probably belongs in the team's Ring of Honor.

The Jets' longtime right tackle absolutely deserves a spot on this list.

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