2021 marks the 11th straight year of their NFL playoffs drought, the longest active streak in the league and one that ties the franchise's drought from 1970 to 1980.
Head coach Robert Saleh will have a golden opportunity to continue adding to the Jets' promising young future in the 2022 NFL Draft, where the Jets would have the No. 4 and No. 7 picks if the season ended today.
That's two top-10 picks, one of them thanks to the Jamal Adams trade, though the Seattle Seahawks have been performing better as of late.
NY Jets would have two top-10 2022 draft picks if season ended today
The Jets also have the fourth pick of the second round (No. 36) and the seventh pick of the second round (No. 39), the latter of which they received in return for Sam Darnold earlier this year. The Carolina Panthers won't be happy with how that turned out.
In all, the Jets have four top-40 draft picks for 2022, no doubt a huge advantage for the Jets in their plans to rebuild the franchise.
As for the later picks, the Jets have the No. 68 overall pick in the third round and then No. 109 and No. 111 overall in the fourth.
A huge matchup between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars next week, both of whom have 2-11 records, could shake up the draft order even more, but for now, New York should be feeling pretty good about next year's draft class.
With 2021 rookies like Elijah Moore, Michael Carter, and Alijah Vera-Tucker coming into their own this season, the franchise — and its fans — have every reason to stay hopeful about the team's future.
That 11-year playoff drought will be broken, just not this year.