Despite a current lockout in progress, the 2011 NFL Draft will go on. This year's draft includes a bevy of talented players, from Auburn QB Cameron Newton to Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers. Ever since QB Andrew Luck announced that he had decided to stay at Stanford for his senior season, the first-overall pick has been completely up in the air.
After their second consecutive AFC championship appearance, the New York Jets have the 30th selection in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. With a late first-round, pick the Jets will potentially eye the following incoming talents: UCLA SS Rahim Moore, Miami DE Allen Bailey, Indiana WR Tandon Doss, and Texas CB Aaron Williams.
Over the past few years, the Jets have had their hits and misses in the draft but, overall, are usually one of the better organizations when it comes to selecting rookies.
With the NFL Draft less than a month away, take a look at the top 10 first-round picks in New York Jets history.
Weight: 268 pounds
Career Awards/Highlights: Five Pro Bowl appearances
Weight: 307 pounds
College: Ohio State
Career Highlights: Three-time Pro Bowl selection (2008,2009,2010) and two-time All-Pro selection (2009,2010).
Throughout his career Nick Mangold has played and started in 80 games for the New York Jets. Mangold is the highest paid center in the NFL, after signing a seven-year $55million contract on August 24, 2010.
Weight: 243 pounds
Career Stats: In 216 games, Farrior recorded 1337 total tackles (929 solo, 408 assisted), 33.5 sacks, 19 forced fumbles, 69 pass deflections, 11 interceptions, and one touchdown.
Highlight Season: (2001)(NYJ) Recorded 142 tackles (106 solo, 36 assisted), nine pass deflections, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, and one sack.
Farrior didn't blossom in the NFL until he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers but has since become one of the most consistent and reliable linebackers in the game today.
Weight: 216 pounds
Career Highlights: Three-time Pro-Bowler (1982, 1984, 1985) and two-time All-Pro selection (1982, 1985)
Career Stats (12 Seasons): In 144 games, 97 started, McNeil made 1798 rushing attempts for 8,074 yards and 38 touchdowns. McNeil also made 295 receptions for 2,961 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Weight: 205 pounds
Career Highlights: Three-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro Selection (1986,1987,1988)
Career Stats(8 Seasons): In 107 games, 95 started, Toon recorded 517 receptions for 6,605 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Weight: 210 pounds
College: California-Davis, Sacramento State
Career Highlights: Two-time Pro-Bowler
Career Stats(10 Seasons): In 129 games, Ken O'Brien completed 2,110 passes of 3,602 attempts for 25,094 yards, 128 touchdowns, 98 interceptions, a 80.4 QB rating, and 58.6 CMP percentage.
Weight: 230 pounds
College: Miami (Florida)
Career Highlights: 2004 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Three-time Pro Bowl selection, 2008 Ed Block Courage Award, and Super Bowl Champion (2009-10)
Career Stats (Seven Seasons): In 103 games, Jonathan Vilma recorded 780 total tackles (556 solo, 224 assisted), 36 pass deflections, 9.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 11 interceptions, and one touchdown.
Weight: 200 pounds
Career Highlights: Five-time NFL All-Star (1965, 1967, 1968, 1969), 1972 Pro Bowl selection, AFL All-Time Team, two-time AFL MVP, 1968 AFL Champion, Super Bowl Champion(III), and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985
Highlight Season: (1969) In 14 games started, Namath completed 185 of 261 attempted passes for 2,734 yards, 19 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, a 74.3 QB rating, and a 51.2 CMP percentage.
Weight: 198 pounds
Career Highlights: Three-time Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2009, 2010), Two-time All-Pro selection(2009,2010), and 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year
Career Stats(4 Seasons): In 61 games played, Revis has made a total of 231 tackles (192 solo, 39 assisted), 74 pass deflections, one sack, two forced fumbles, 14 interceptions, and two touchdowns.
After only four years in the National Football League, Darrelle Revis has made his mark as one of the best overall cornerbacks in the game.
Weight: 230 pounds
Career Highlights: 1975 Pro Bowl selection, 1983 All-Pro selection, NFL 1980's All-Decade Team, Super Bowl XVII MVP, Super Bowl XVII Champion, 1978 Comeback Player of the Year, 1983 Bert Bell Award, and Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.
Highlight Season: (1983) In 15 games, John Riggins made 375 rushing attempts for 1,347 yards and 24 touchdowns.