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Draft Mania: Are We There Yet?!

Finally, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. No more mock drafts. No more flip-flopping like a Democrat about who is picking who and when. No more sweating what the Jets front office will do with their precious picks. One more day and this draft mania is finally over.

Being a life long Jets fan, I find the draft to be a troubling time personally. My friends tell me I'm more moody and not quite myself. I can't help it. The Jets draft history forces me into a mode of self-preservation.

Ken O’Brien instead of Dan Marino, Kyle Brady instead of Warren Sapp, Blair Thomas instead of Emmitt Smith, Dave Kadigan instead of Michael Irvin...thinking about it makes me weepy every time. How many championships have we lost right on draft day? Thinking about what could have been "if only", might actually make the average Jets fan's head explode.

Literally.

Here's a look at some of the worst, "put a bullet in my own head" inducing draft moves in Jets history;

5. Roger Vick, 21th Pick, 1987 Draft

Roger Vick was a FB coming out of Texas A & M when the Jets drafted him. A fullback? In the first round? Roger Vick had a very short career with the Jets and in general, spending only 3 years with the Jets and 4 years total in the NFL.

Notable players passed on:

  • Bruce Armstrong
    • 6x Pro Bowl selection (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
    • 2x All-Pro selection (1989, 1996)
  • Christian Okoye
    • 2x Pro Bowl selection (1989, 1991)
    • 1989 UPI AFC Offensive Player of the Year
    • Ed Block Courage Award (1988)
    • Led NFL in Rushing Yards in 1989

4. "Johnny Lam" Jones, Second Pick, 1980 Draft.

Johnny Wesly Jones was a world class sprinter, whom everybody thought could be a great wide receiver. To be a great receiver one must be able to do one very important thing: catching the ball. Much like Clifford Franklin, Jones couldn't, and lasted only five seasons in the NFL.

Notable players passed on:

  • Art Monk
    • 8th all-time in Receptions (940)
    • 13th all-time in Reception Yards (12,721)
    • 3rd all-time consecutive games with at least one reception (183)
    • First player to record a touchdown reception in 15 consecutive seasons.
    • Only player to have at least 35 receptions in 15 consecutive seasons.
    • First and only player to record over 100 receptions (106 in 1984) in a season before NFL rules changes prior to the 1990 season that ushered in the "pass happy era". Still only three players in the next nine years collected 100 passes or more and only one (Sterling Sharpe in 1992) surpassed his total.
    • First NFL player to reach 820 receptions in a career.
    • First NFL player to surpass 900 career receptions, finishing career with 940 (all-time record at the time).
    • First player to collect at least one reception in 164 consecutive games.
    • First player to collect at least one reception in 183 consecutive games.
    • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team Member
    • 2008 - NFL Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Anthony Munoz
    • 11x Pro Bowl selection (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
    • 10x All-Pro selection (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991)
    • 1998 - NFL Hall of Fame Inductee (the first ever Cincinnati Bengals player to be enshrined)

3. Kyle Brady, Ninth Pick, 1995 Draft

Warren Sapp was still hanging around the board with Jets Fans chanting, "We want Sapp! We want Sapp!" Too bad the Jets did not listen. Kyle only lasted four seasons with the Jets, racking up only 949 yards and 10 touchdowns before the Jaguars had a turn trying to figure out what to do with him.

Notable players passed on:

  • Warren Sapp
    • Career Tackles: 569
    • Career Sacks: 96.5
    • Career Interceptions: 4
    • 7× Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
    • 4× First-team All-Pro selection (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
    • 2× Second-team All-Pro selection (1997, 1998)
    • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    • 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    • Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
  • Ty Law
    • Career Tackles: 439 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • Career Sacks: 5 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • Career Interceptions: 52 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • 2x First-Team All-Pro selection (1998, 2003)
    • 5x Pro Bowl selection (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
    • 3x Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
  • Derrick Brooks
    • Career Tackles: 1,698 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • Career Sacks: 13.5 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • Career Interceptions: 25 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • 11x Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)
    • 6x First-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
    • 3x Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001)
    • 9x First-team All-NFC (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
    • AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2002)
    • Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)

2. Blair Thomas, Second Pick, 1990 Draft

Thomas was a Heisman runner-up behind Andre Ware. Like Ware, success did not come easy or ever. Thomas ran, and I use the term loosely, for 2,000 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons with the Jets. He got released by the Jets after four seasons and ended his career with the Panthers in 1995.

Notable players passed on:

  • Emmitt Smith
    • Career Rushing Yards: 18,355 (NFL Record)
    • Career Yards Per Carry Average: 4.2
    • Career Rushing TD: 164 (NFL Record)
    • Career 100+ yards rushing games: 78 (NFL Record)
    • 8× Pro Bowl selection (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999)
    • 4× First-Team All-Pro selection (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
    • Second-Team All-Pro selection (1991)
    • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    • 3× Super Bowl Champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
    • 1993 NFL MVP
    • 1990 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
    • Super Bowl XXVIII MVP
    • 2× NEA NFL MVP, (1991, 1992)
    • 1993 PFWA NFL MVP
  • Junior Seau
    • Career Tackles: 1,826 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • Career Sacks: 56.5 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • Career Interceptions: 18 (through Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season)
    • 7x First-team All-Pro (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000)
    • 2x Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1999)
    • 12x Pro Bowl selection (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
    • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    • 1992 NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    • 1992 UPI AFC Defensive Player of the Year
    • 1990s All-Decade Team

1. Ken O'Brien, 24th Pick, 1983 Draft

Ken O'Brien was an OK quarterback. Heck, I even liked the guy. He made two Pro Bowls and finished 50-55-1 with the Jets. So what makes this a blunder? Uh...HELLO!?! Passing on Dan Marino....DUH!! To be at that spot in the draft and not draft Marino was crazy at the time, and everyone knew it except, apparently, the Jets. Many people thought the Jets where going to get Marino. Too bad we picked a decent QB over one of the greatest QBs of all time. But hey that's ok...I'm not bitter. Really.

Notable People Passed On:

  • DAN MARINO!
    • Career TD: 420
    • Career Interceptions: 252
    • Career QB rating: 86.4
    • 9x Pro Bowl selection (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995)
    • 8x All-Pro selection (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995)
    • 1984 NFL MVP
    • 1984 PFWA MVP
    • 1984 NEA MVP
    • 1984 NFL Offensive Player of the Year
    • 1994 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
    • 1984 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
    • 1998 Walter Payton Man of the Year
    • 1994 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
    • Holds 31 Miami Dolphins records
    • Holds Numerous NFL records;
      • Most Attempts, Career: 8,358 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007)
      • Most Completions, Career: 4,967 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2006)
      • Most Yards Passing, Career: 61,361 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007)
      • Most Touchdown Passes, Career: 420 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007)
      • Most Yards Passing, Season: 5,084 in 1984
      • Most Touchdown Passes, Season: 48 (surpassed by Peyton Manning (49) in 2004 and by Tom Brady (50) in 2007)
      • Most Games, 400 or more Yards Passing, Career: 13
      • Most Games, 400 or more Yards Passing, Season: 4 in 1984
      • Most Games, 300 or more Yards Passing, Career: 63
      • Most Seasons, 3,000 or more Yards Passing: 13 (1984-92, 1994-95, 1997-98) (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2005)
      • Most Consecutive Seasons, 3,000 or more Yards Passing: 9 (1984-92) (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2001)
      • Most Games, Four or more Touchdown Passes, Career: 21
      • Most Games, Four or more Touchdown Passes, Season: 6 in 1984
      • Most Games, Three or more Touchdown Passes, Career: 62 (surpassed by Brett Favre in 2007)
      • Lowest Percentage, Passes Intercepted, Rookie Season: 2.03 in 1983 (296-6) [surpassed by Charlie Batch, Detroit, 1.98 in 1998 (303-6)]
      • Most Seasons Leading League, Attempts: 5 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1997)
      • Most Seasons Leading League, Completions: 6 (1984-86, 1988, 1992, 1997)
      • Most Seasons, 40 or more Touchdown Passes: 2 (1984, 1986)
      • 100 TD Passes in Fewest Number of Games to Start Career: 44 (9/7/1986 at San Diego)
      • 200 TD passes in Fewest Number of Games to Start Career: 89 (9/17/1989 at New England)
      • 300 TD passes in Fewest Number of Games to Start Career: 157 (9/4/1994 vs. New England)
      • Highest TD-INT differential: +168
    • Has tied numerous NFL records;
      • Most Seasons Leading League, Yards Gained: 5 (1984-86, 1988, 1992) with Sonny Jurgensen (Philadelphia, 1961-62; Washington, 1966-67, 1969)
      • Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Completions: 3 (1984-86) with George Blanda (Houston, 1963-65)
      • Most Consecutive Games, 400 or more Yards Passing: 2 (1984) with Dan Fouts (San Diego, 1982), Phil Simms (N.Y. Giants, 1985), Billy Volek (Tennessee, 2004), Matt Cassel (New England, 2008)
      • Most Wins against one team: 24 against the Indianapolis Colts (surpassed by Brett Favre against the Detroit Lions in 2007)

Taking a look through that list makes me wonder who the next name to grace this list of disgrace. Vernon Ghoulston...I'm looking at you, buddy. I, like many a Jets fan, am still hopeful that Rex Ryan's defensive genius helps keep you off this list. I'm not exactly holding my breath though.

 

I'll get back to you guys later...I have a gun to clean before tomorrow.

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