Unfortunately for fans of the NY Jets, this team has had some very bad years in recent times. While not all the blame can be put on the front offices, their draft histories have been less than stellar.
Sure, the Jets have found some good players like Muhammad Wilkerson, Jamal Adams, and Quinnen Williams, but for every good (not great) player the Jets have drafted, there’s been a whole lot of bad.
Not all the blame can be placed at the feet of the players either, as some were coached by very subpar coaches, or simply not put in the best position to succeed.
No matter whose fault, the Jets have endured a very rough 12 years. The following five players are examples of why the New York Jets still find themselves in the cellar of the AFC.
1. Dee Milliner, CB, NY Jets (9th overall - 2013)
Armed with two draft picks inside the top-15, the Jets were looking to catapult themselves back into contention in the 2013 NFL Draft. while pick No. 13 in Sheldon Richardson turned out to have a decent tenure with the Jets, we can’t say the same for a promising young Alabama cornerback.
A combination of injuries and a lack of adjustment to the NFL level meant that Dee Milliner never really found any success at all, and after so much hope following 2010 and 2011, this was the Jets' descent into becoming one of the worst teams in the NFL.
What makes this even worse is that Xavier Rhodes, Darius Slay, and Desmond Trufant, all Pro Bowl cornerbacks, were drafted after Milliner, not to mention superstars like DeAndre Hopkins, Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, Tyrann Mathieu, and Kennan Allen.
The 2013 NFL Draft also saw the Jets take their supposed QB of the future in Round 2 with Geno Smith, so it’s safe to say that this is one class no Jets fan is going to remember fondly.