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Top Ten New York Jets Draft Busts #9: Roger Vick

In 1987 the Jets took a fullback in the first round of the NFL Draft. Let that sink in for a moment. Tell me that does not sound crazy. That fullback was the only fullback selected in that entire twelve round Draft. A good fullback can be a valuable commodity, but they usually are not selected until the middle rounds at the earliest. There is good reason. There might not be a position on the field that produces less difference makers, which are what teams should try to add early.

On defense, any of eleven guys could be in on any given play. On offense, quarterbacks have it on every play. Receivers make big plays in the passing game. Tailbacks break big runs. Offensive linemen block the elite on running and passing plays. Fullbacks can provide elements of receiving, running, and blocking but with a lesser degree of difficulty or impact.

Vick did have some carries and receptions. He accounted for 7 touchdowns in 1989. This success with the team was fleeting, though, as it was his final year with the Jets. The bottom line is the team used a first round pick on a fullback who stuck around for three seasons. He did not play an impact position, and that contribution is too short to be considered anything but a disappointment.

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