7 forgotten former NY Jets draft picks still playing in the NFL

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7. Devin Smith, WR, NY Jets (2nd round - 2015)

The Jets believed they had added a game-changing, explosive playmaker to their offense when they drafted Devin Smith 37th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Smith starred at Ohio State and his late-season heroics helped lead his team to a National Championship victory over Oregon. Hopes were high for the speedy wide receiver entering the NFL.

Unfortunately, injuries decimated what looked like a promising career.

The Ohio native suffered multiple torn ACLs and ended up catching just 10 passes in a Jets uniform. After three years out of football, he made a surprise return with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019 catching five passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Multiple practice squad stints later, he briefly found himself playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. Smith didn't catch any passes, but he did appear in four games and play nine offensive snaps.

Smith is looking to find a new home once again this offseason, and at 30-years-old, his chances of making a significant impact anywhere else are extremely slim.

Still, you have to admire his ability to make multiple NFL comebacks. Given how his career went in New York, few would have expected that Smith would still be playing in the NFL past his 30th birthday.