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The 20 best draft picks in NY Jets franchise history

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8. Randy Rasmussen, OG, NY Jets (302nd overall - 1967)

Compared to some of the other names on this list, let alone those in the top-10, Randy Rasmussen doesn't exactly have the same accolades or pedigree as his fellow former Jets.

However, if you're looking for a pure value selection, you aren't going to do much better than the team's longtime starting left guard.

Rasmussen was selected 302nd overall in the 12th round of the 1967 NFL Draft. Despite this, he would go on to start all 14 games as a rookie and serve as the Jets' starting left guard for the next 15 years.

At the time of writing, Rasmussen ranks second all-time behind Pat Leahy in games played with the Jets having started 199 games from 1967 to 1981. That type of longevity needs to be celebrated, especially when it's found past the 300th pick of the draft.

7. Gerry Philbin, DE, NY Jets (19th overall - 1964)

When discussing the best pass rushers in Jets history, most immediately think of the New York Sack Exchange members in the '80s, but it's important not to overlook a great pass rusher that came before them.

Gerry Philbin was drafted in the third round of both the 1964 NFL and AFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and Jets. He chose to sign with the latter, and it likely was the correct choice.

Philbin played nine seasons with the Jets from 1964 to 1972 helping earn the team their only Super Bowl victory. He was named All-AFL twice, was named to two Pro Bowls, and is a member of the AFL's All-Time team.

An often overlooked member of the Jets' Ring of Honor, Philbin shouldn't be forgotten about when discussing the greatest draft picks in franchise history.

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