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The 20 best draft picks in NY Jets franchise history

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16. David Harris, LB, NY Jets (47th overall - 2007)

One of the most recent draft picks on this list, David Harris was selected with the 47th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. It didn't take long for him to emerge as an impact player on defense.

Harris started nearly 150 games in a Jets uniform and was long considered to be one of the team leaders on and off the field. Perpetually underrated, Harris never earned any major accolades during his time in the league.

Nonetheless, he still ranks fourth all-time in tackles in Jets history as well as 14th in sacks despite playing as an off-ball linebacker.

The 'Hitman' is going to go down as one of the most underappreciated players of his generation, but as just a second-round pick, he more than earned his spot on this list.

15. Joe Fields, C, NY Jets (349th overall - 1975)

Another longtime offensive line stalwart, Joe Fields might be the greatest late-round steal in Jets history — or at least one of them. Drafted out of Division III Widener University in 1975, Fields didn't expect to hear his name called in any of the then-17 rounds of the NFL Draft.

The Jets surprised him and selected him with the 349th overall pick in the 14th round of the draft. Still, he faced quite the uphill battle.

After contributing on special teams as a rookie, Fields took over the starting center job and would go on to start over 150 games with the team primarily at center.

He was named to two Pro Bowls and earned one first-team All-Pro selection, helping lead the Jets to a conference championship game in 1982. Given where he was originally selected, Fields' inclusion here is a no-brainer.

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