The 20 best draft picks in NY Jets franchise history

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14. John Abraham, DE, NY Jets (13th overall - 2000)

We're back to the Jets' famed 2000 NFL Draft class with the last truly great edge rusher the team has had in John Abraham.

Drafted with the 13th overall pick, one spot behind Shaun Ellis, Abraham quickly developed into one of the Jets' best players making three Pro Bowls and earning one first-team All-Pro honor in just five seasons with the team.

Unfortunately, he'd rank higher on this list if not for the fact that he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. Once again, we're left wondering what could've been had Abraham stayed with the Jets.

Still, given the caliber of player he turned into not only with the Jets but with the Falcons, he deserves a spot on this list.

13. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, NY Jets (4th overall - 2006)

The 2006 NFL Draft saw the Jets land two franchise cornerstone offensive linemen in the first round — the first of which was D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

Ferguson was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the highest-drafted Jets offensive lineman since Marvin Powell. And he more than lived up to the hype.

The New York native was the epitome of consistency, longevity, and excellency. Ferguson started 160 consecutive games and missed just one snap in his entire 10-year career (not even due to injury).

As a key member of the Jets' vaunted offensive line during their back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010, Ferguson lived up to his pre-draft expectations and then some.