NY Jets: 4 most disappointing trades in franchise history

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1. NY Jets trade up to draft Lam Jones in 1980

Lam Jones has a legitimate claim to be the worst draft pick in Jets history, at least given the circumstances that it took to acquire the speedy wideout as well as who the team passed on.

Jones was widely seen as the best wide receiver prospect in the 1980 NFL Draft. He was a former track star who won a gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

It wasn't difficult to see why the Jets and many in the NFL were enamored with him. That's why the Jets packaged both the 13th and 20th overall pick to move up to select a player who they believed could transform their offense.

Needless to say, that never came to be.

Jones was never much more than a part-time gadget player for the Jets finishing his five-year career with 138 catches for 2,322 yards and 13 touchdowns.

If the Jets stayed put at their original 13th overall selection, they could have drafted future Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk who was selected by Washington with the 18th pick.

But perhaps more egregious is the player they passed on with the second overall pick. The Jets were reportedly eyeing an offensive tackle prospect by the name of Anthony Munoz with that pick before medical concerns scared the team away.

Munoz would go on to become one of the best left tackles in NFL history as an 11-time Pro Bowler, nine-time All-Pro, and first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Given all of those circumstances, Lam Jones is not only one of the biggest draft busts in Jets history, but he was a part of arguably the worst trade in franchise history as well.

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Much like Robertson, his infamous legacy is layered.