A trip down memory lane is a vacation Jets fans should rarely take.
Beyond the rare instances of a fleeting dance with success, the Jets have spent the better part of this entire generation more often than not hovering slightly below mediocre and faintly above embarrassing.
One possible cause of this seemingly inbred ineptitude is documented in the archives of the NFL draft. Since 1980 (and in truth, beyond), the Jets' front office has had very few Radio City draft day performances to be proud of.
The masterful Jets draft in 2000 that brought All-Pros Shaun Ellis, John Abraham, Chad Pennington and Laveranues Coles to New York and those in 2006 and 2007 that ended with D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Brad Smith, Leon Washington, Darrelle Revis and David Harris adorned in green seem to be more dumb, statistically inevitable bits of luck than strategic genius.
Over the past 22 drafts, the New York Jets have decided to pass on enough Hall of Famers to fill an entire wing of the legendary Canton temple, opting to go the way of the potential diamond in the rough.
Here are the roughest of those blotches staining Jets' draft history including a listing of notable players overlooked by the Jets.