6. Jordan Jenkins, OLB, NY Jets
While Jordan Jenkins was never one of the flashiest or biggest names for the Jets, the outside linebacker, drafted No. 83 overall in 2016, became a key part of this defense for his entire tenure in New York.
One of Mike Maccagnan’s only productive selections, Jenkins finished his Jets career with 189 tackles, 22.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and 25 tackles for loss. Not a bad career for a third-rounder.
He left before the 2021 season, but as an under-the-radar draft pick, he became very important for this Jets team — something that any player drafted in the third round would be proud of.
7. Demario Davis, LB, NY Jets
While Demario Davis has transformed into one of the best defensive players in the league in New Orleans, he was originally drafted by the Jets, and he became a very solid player for the team during his five seasons in New York.
At inside linebacker, Davis became a leader for this team, and while he never rose to the heights many expected (and the heights he exceeded in New Orleans), he was a great Jet and a great draft pick at No. 77 overall.
With many middle-round picks in 2022, the Jets would love to find a player to go alongside C.J. Mosley that is anywhere near as good as Davis. He was a true asset to this team coming from the third round.
8. Folorunso Fatukasi, DT, NY Jets
Folorunso Fatukasi never put up great numbers for the Jets, and despite only being with the team for four seasons, he had a pretty significant impact on this team after being drafted in the sixth round at No. 180 overall.
Fatukasi deservedly got a big three-year, $30 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars this past offseason, and while his numbers never popped, his value to this team will certainly be missed going forward.
In those four seasons, Fatukasi made 115 tackles with three sacks, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble, and while that doesn’t seem like great production, he was key to helping the defensive line in every game he appeared in for Gang Green.