The NY Jets have had some truly awful draft picks over the years, with many of those disappointing duds coming within the last 15 or so seasons.
Pro Football Focus recently released a list detailing the worst first-round pick at every slot since the 2006 NFL Draft. And it came as little surprise to see the Jets make the list a whopping four times.
Nearly 13 percent of the entire list was comprised of Jets draft picks. The only other team to appear on the list as many times was the Cleveland Browns who also had four of their selections listed.
The representatives for the Jets were Mark Sanchez (fifth overall pick, 2009), Vernon Gholston (sixth overall pick, 2008), Calvin Pryor (18th overall pick, 2014), and Darron Lee (20th overall pick, 2016).
The NY Jets were well represented on this woeful list.
The Jets have made some truly terrible picks since 2006, but without a doubt, those four selections rank toward the very top of their regretful draft-day errors.
Sanchez is perhaps the most noteworthy of the bunch. Despite helping lead the Jets to consecutive AFC Championship Games, Sanchez's countless mistakes eventually caught up to him.
It was the Jets who uplifted Sanchez, not the other way around. After five seasons in New York, Sanchez was released in 2014 ending his disappointing tenure.
While Sanchez might be the most notable, Gholston is probably the most notorious.
Forever the poster boy for "workout warriors," Gholston posted ridiculous numbers at the NFL Combine, but that athleticism never translated into on-field success.
After three miserable seasons in which he failed to record a single sack, the Jets released Gholston whilst still on his rookie contract. The former Ohio State standout will go down as one of the NFL Draft's biggest busts.
As for Pryor and Lee, their careers followed a similar trajectory. Each failed to live up to their potential and, despite receiving ample starting reps on defense, fizzled out of the NFL after leaving the Jets.
Pryor was traded to the Cleveland Browns following the selections of both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in the 2017 NFL Draft. At the very least, the Jets managed to land standout linebacker Demario Davis in return.
Lee was also traded before his rookie contract expired. But while Pryor never played another NFL down, Lee did play a little bit with the Kansas City Chiefs and even earned a Super Bowl ring in the process.
Both are currently out of football, however.
The last 15 years haven't been kind to the Jets. And this list puts things into perspective — few teams (if any) have been worse at drafting than they have.