New York Jets: Players the Jets Missed out on in the Last 10 NFL Drafts
The NFL draft is always filled with locks, busts and surprise picks. Teams make draft selections on who they think will turn out to be impact players in the league.
However, it is not easy to always project which players will be busts and which players will be stars.
Here is a look at players the Jets could have drafted in the last 10 drafts, but passed up on.
Draft Selection: Bryan Thomas, DE
Draft Pick: No. 22
Although players like Brian Westbrook and Ed Reed may not have fit on the Jets' roster back in 2002, if they knew what kind of players they were going to turn out to be, they probably would have found a way to fit them in.
Players Drafted After Thomas:
Ed Reed (No. 24)
Brian Westbrook (No. 91)
Draft Selection: Dewayne Robertson, DT
Draft Pick: No. 4
Robertson's career with the Jets was somewhat of a disappointment because of the high expectations that came along with being the fourth pick. Rex Ryan would have loved if they drafted any of the following guys in 2003.
Players Drafted After Robertson:
Terrell Suggs (No. 10)
Troy Polamalu (No. 16)
Nnamdi Asomugha (No. 31)
Draft Selection: Jonathan Vilma, LB
Draft Pick: No. 12
Jonathan Vilma was a solid linebacker with the Jets, and accomplished a lot, including being the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and leading the league in tackles in 2005.
However, the Jets were moving to a 3-4 defensive scheme, which did not fit Vilma, so they traded him. Here are some other players the Jets could have taken instead of Vilma who would have gotten them more than his four seasons.
Players Drafted After Vilma:
Vince Wilfork (No. 21)
Steven Jackson (No. 24)
Matt Schaub (No. 90)
Jared Allen (No. 126)
First Draft Selection: Mike Nugent, K
Draft Pick: No. 47
The Jets drafted kicker Mike Nugent in the second round.
This turned out to be as horrible as it sounds when Nugent got injured and was permanently replaced by Jay Feely. Here is a look at a few players the Jets should have drafted instead of Nugent in 2005.
Players Drafted After Nugent:
Vincent Jackson (No. 61)
Frank Gore (No. 65)
Justin Tuck (No. 74)
Draft Selection: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, T
Draft Pick: No. 4
Ferguson has turned into a solid lineman for the Jets and has been selected to three straight Pro Bowls.
However, here are some players from the 2006 draft that were selected after Ferguson.
Players Drafted After Ferguson:
A.J Hawk (No. 5)
Vernon Davis (No. 6)
Jay Cutler (No. 11)
Antonio Cromartie (No. 19)
Santonio Holmes (No. 25)
DeAngelo Williams (No. 27)
Greg Jennings (No. 52)
Maurice Jones-Drew (No. 60)
Brandon Marshall (No. 119)
Draft Selection: Darrelle Revis, CB
Draft Pick: No. 14
This draft isn't even worth discussing—Revis is the best cornerback in football, the best player on the Jets and arguably the best defender in football.
However, here is a hypothetical look at who New York could have gotten if they didn't take Revis.
Players Drafted After Revis:
Dwayne Bowe (No. 23)
Ahmad Bradshaw (No. 250)
Draft Selection: Vernon Gholston, DE
Draft Pick: No. 6
Vernon Gholston was a draft bust in every sense of the word. He failed to record a sack in all three seasons with the Jets, and his NFL career is most likely over.
Here are some players who were drafted after Gholston in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Players Drafted After Gholston:
Joe Flacco (No. 18)
Chris Johnson (No. 24)
Matt Forte (No. 44)
DeSean Jackson (No. 49)
Ray Rice (No. 55)
Jamaal Charles (No. 73)
Peyton Hillis (No. 227)
Draft Selection: Mark Sanchez, QB
Draft Pick: No. 5
The Jets traded up to get who they expected to be their franchise quarterback at No. 5.
Sanchez has brought the Jets some success, as he led them to back-to-back AFC Championship Games his first two seasons in the league.
However, after a disappointing 2011 season, the Jets are questioning if Sanchez is a franchise quarterback. Here is a look at some players New York could have drafted instead of Sanchez.
Players Drafted After Sanchez:
Brian Cushing (No. 15)
Jeremy Maclin (No. 19)
Percy Harvin (No. 22)
Vontae Davis (No. 25)
Hakeem Nicks (No. 29)
LeSean McCoy (No. 53)
Draft Selection: Kyle Wilson, CB
Draft Pick: No. 29
Wilson has been somewhat of a disappointment, but he has shown some bright spots in his first two seasons. With Revis and Cromartie as the two cornerbacks, Wilson is limited in playing time.
Here is a look at some of the players the Jets could have taken instead of Wilson.
Players Drafted After Wilson:
Rob Gronkowski (No. 42)
Jimmy Graham (No. 95)
Aaron Hernandez (No. 113)
Draft Selection: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT
Draft Pick: No. 30
It is hard to tell which players are going to have an impact in the league or be busts from just one season, but here is a look at some players who had solid rookie seasons that the Jets could have drafted.
Players Drafted After Wilkerson:
Andy Dalton (No. 35)
Torrey Smith (No. 58)
DeMarco Murray (No. 71)