New York Jets' Success Secrets: 13 First Round Picks Show Why Jets Flying High

Eric EdmundsonContributor IJanuary 18, 2011

13 First Round Picks Show Why The New York Jets Are Succeeding

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    If our measuring stick of "talent" on an NFL roster is based upon how many high draft picks they have, then the New York Jets run away with the "talent" award.  Many think this is just a team of feisty underdogs, but, to the contrary, there is no team that can boast as many high draft picks as this Jets team. 

    To follow are an astonishing 13 first round draft picks that have contributed greatly to the Jets success this season.  And many of the remaining contributors or back-ups on their roster are 2nd and 3rd round picks.

    The Jets are not just a group of scrappy trash-talkers, as they would like you to believe.  This team is absolutely loaded with highly acclaimed talent that many of us forgot about long ago and here are some of their most gifted.

LaDainian Tomlinson: Running Back

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    Drafted: 2001
    (5th overall by the Chargers)

    After spending his entire career with the San Diego Chargers, setting numerous records, earning five pro bowls, and even an NFL MVP award, the Jets were able to coerce him to New York.

    He has shown us all that there was still life in his legs.

    Talented?  Yep, about as talented as they come.

Damien Woody: Tackle

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    Drafted: 1999
    (17th overall by the Patriots)

    Yes, Woody's season is over but he contributed to their success for most of the year.

    Amazingly, his replacement, Wayne Hunter, is NOT a first round pick.  He's a slouch.  He's only a third-rounder.

Trevor Pryce: Defensive End

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    Drafted: 1997
    (28th overall by the Broncos)

    After spending most of his career with the Broncos, Pryce worked with Rex Ryan in Baltimore when Ryan was the defensive coordinator.  After being released by the Ravens prior to this season, Ryan immediately snatched him up.

    Another talented individual that has contributed for the Jets this season.

Shaun Ellis: Defensive End

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    Drafted: 2000
    (12th overall by the Jets)

    Ellis is the oldest first rounder on the Jets roster that was actually drafted by the Jets.

    He's not playing like his age, though, and destroyed the Patriots offensive line in yesterday's game.

    Tom Brady will be having nightmares with this first rounder's face in the middle of it.

Darrelle Revis: Cornerback

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    Drafted: 2007
    (14th overall by the Jets)

    Revis Island didn't come out of nowhere.  He was highly touted coming out of college in the 2007 draft.  Typically, a cornerback's peak years are in his mid 20's.


    25 years old and incredibly talented?   Beast.

Antonio Cromartie: Cornerback

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    Drafted: 2006
    (19th overall by the Chargers)

    As if Darrelle Revis weren't enough, the Jets needed another top cornerback in the league and traded for Cromartie in the off-season.

    Greedy, just greedy.

Calvin Pace: Linebacker

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    Drafted: 2003
    (18th overall by the Cardinals)

    After spending his first few years with the team that drafted him, the Arizona Cardinals, the Jets were able to sign Pace as a free agent in 2008, a year before Rex Ryan joined him in New York.

    Rex says thank you to the Jets management.

Santonio Holmes: Wide Receiver

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    Drafted: 2006
    (25th overall by the Steelers)

    The Steelers dumped Holmes after too many run-ins with the law, even though he was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII.

    The Jets don't care.  He's extremely talented, duh?

D'Brickashaw Ferguson: Tackle

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    Drafted: 2006
    (4th overall by the Jets)

    Ferguson came into the league with high expectations.  After a rough start, he has hit his stride.

    It was just a matter of time before his athletic superiority took over.

Nick Mangold: Center

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    Drafted: 2006
    (29th overall by the Jets)

    Now considered by many to be one of the best centers in the NFL, Mangold was drafted in the same round and same year as Ferguson.

    The Jets were able to solidify the two most important positions on their offensive line in one round of a single draft.  It's almost unfair, right?

Mark Sanchez: Quarterback

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    Drafted: 2009
    (5th overall by the Jets)

    Just another USC quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

    Of course the Jets have one .............

Braylon Edwards: Wide Receiver

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    Drafted: 2005
    (3rd overall by the Browns)

    Another first round pick that the Jets traded to acquire.

    Edwards is so physically gifted, he sometimes forgets to catch the ball before showing us his amazing skills.


Dustin Keller: Tight End

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    Drafted: 2008
    (30th overall by the Jets)

    Another homegrown first round success for the Jets organization.

    He is now Sanchez's safety valve, although there seem to be a lot of safety valves on this team.