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Re-Grading New York Jets' Past 5 Drafts
Frank Franklin II

Much like their on-field success, the New York Jets' success on draft day has been anything but consistent.

Which is hardly a coincidence.

The team's on-field success in 2009 and 2010 is a direct result of their stellar 2007 and 2006 drafts, just like their decline in 2011 to 2012 is a reflection of their misfirings in the 2009 and 2010 drafts. 

The previous regime under former general manager Mike Tannenbaum favored quality over quantity, making aggressive moves up the draft board to acquire targeted players at the expense of depth. While this did bring in players like Darrelle Revis and Dustin Keller in his earlier drafts, the team was not able to recover from a string of thinned-out draft classes.

Since the disastrous 2010 season, their luck on draft day has started to make a turn for the better with the selection of three stellar defensive linemen in the first round, resulting in a bounce-back season in 2013. 

Now, the Jets must learn from their mistakes as they devise their draft philosophy going forward.

 

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