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The 20 best draft picks in NY Jets franchise history

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10. Kyle Clifton, LB, NY Jets (64th overall - 1984)

Kye Clifton has to be one of the more underappreciated Jets in history, and likely one of the more underappreciated linebackers of his era. A tackling machine, Clifton racked up a whopping 1,484 tackles during his time with the Jets.

That figure still ranks first all-time in Jets history and was second among all NFL players at the time of his retirement in 1996. It's still good for top-10 ahead of legends like Bobby Wagner, Brian Urlacher, and Sam Mills.

A third-round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft, Clifton joined a Jets team that was just two years removed from Walt Michaels and had recently moved on from Richard Todd.

By the time of his retirement, the Jets were a year away from Bill Parcells and two years away from Vinny Testaverde at the helm. Longevity and historic production earn Clifton a spot in the top-10.

9. Darrelle Revis, CB, NY Jets (14th overall - 2007)

Darrelle Revis had arguably the greatest peak of any cornerback in NFL history. The Jets moved up 11 spots on draft day to select Revis with the hope that he would develop into a defensive cornerstone.

No one could have expected the level of dominance he would show over the better part of the next decade, however. Revis was named to seven Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pros, and the NFL's 2010s All-Decade team following a stellar 11-year career.

His time at the top wasn't quite as long as some others on this list, and his relationship with the organization wasn't always on the best of terms. That keeps him from ranking any higher than he does.

However, history will be even kinder to Revis and he will always be considered one of the greatest Jets of all time. It's safe to say that the trade-up was worth it.

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