Ranking NY Jets’s last 10 first-round draft picks

The Jets have a mixed history of recent first-round picks

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6. Jamal Adams, S, NY Jets - 6th overall (2017)

Jamal Adams is an interesting evaluation, seeing as the former sixth-overall pick did accomplish quite a bit during his time with the Jets. Adams was a multi-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler, becoming the first Jets played to be named first-team All-Pro in almost a decade.

The LSU product appeared to be a part of a shifting culture in Florham Park and was widely seen as the new face of the franchise. Unfortunately, a contract dispute and subsequent falling out erased all of that.

Adams was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in a package that netted the Jets multiple first-round picks (more on that in a moment), and while he enjoyed some early success with his new team, he never reached the same heights he did in New York.

On paper, Adams is one of the most talented and accomplished Jets first-round picks in recent memory, but the way his tenure ended cannot be overlooked.

5. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, NY Jets - 14th overall (2021)

One of the first-round picks acquired in the Jamal Adams trade was eventually used to select USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. He earns a slight not over Adams due primarily to positional value.

Vera-Tucker has developed into a core part of the Jets' offense, starting games at four of the five offensive line spots while developing into the team's best offensive lineman.

Unfortunately, injuries have threatened to derail the career of one of the Jets' only homegrown offensive line success stories in recent years. Vera-Tucker has played just 12 games over the last two seasons as a result of a triceps injury and a torn Achilles.

The arrow is still pointing up for Vera-Tucker, but he needs to prove he can stay healthy in 2024 if he's to earn a second contract with the Jets. He's probably a little lucky to be above Adams on this list.