We started with the first rounders of the last decade last week. Now let's rank Jets second round picks of the last ten year. I must warn you. This is going to get ugly.
1. David Harris, 2007 (Last Year: 1)
Harris is really the only second rounder of the last ten years that you can call a success story at this point. There are a few young guys (Devin Smith and Jace Amaro...and maybe Geno Smith) who have time to emerge as good players. Harris is the only second rounder who has done so. At his best, Harris has been an impact run stopper and played at a Pro Bowl level. Even at his worst, he has not been a disaster. It seems like Todd Bowles helped Harris find the fountain of youth in 2015. The Jets can get out of his contract fairly easily in 2016 if they so choose so the team will need another big year.
2. Jace Amaro, 2014 (Last Year:2)
It speaks volumes that Amaro rates second on his list after an OK rookie season where he caught a few balls near the line of scrimmage and a second season he spent on IR. That OK rookie season is more than most players on this list gave the Jets. The opportunity is there for Amaro. The Jets have little else at tight end. He has a lot of ability. Can he put it together? That is anybody's guess.
3. Geno Smith, 2013 (Last Year: 5)
It certainly isn't pretty when Geno Smith rates third. There have been high points, but they have been few and far between. Geno still might get one last chance with the Jets if Ryan Fitzpatrick remains unsigned or if Fitzpatrick does sign and struggles in the first half of 2016. His best chances to make something of his NFL career might already be gone, though.
4. Devin Smith, 2015 (Last Year: NR)
Smith rates this high because he at least has time to turn things around. His rookie year was nothing short of a disaster, though, partially for reasons that were not Smith's fault. For a raw receiver in need of development, practice reps are a big deal. Smith lost most of his training camp with a rib injury. A torn ACL that ended his season will likely force him to miss the offseason program. On the field, Smith did not look ready to contribute in the NFL. He did virtually none of the things an NFL receiver needs to do well. Some people have taken to blaming Ryan Fitzpatrick for Smith's problems, but a receiver has to be able to get open and catch the ball consistently to have success.
5. Kellen Clemens, 2006 (Last Year: 6)
The 2006 Draft was one of the best in team history, but this was the biggest miss. The Jets grabbed Clemens in the second round after taking D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold in the first. While the team did stabilize its offensive line for the next decade, it did not bring the same degree of stability to the quarterback position with this pick. Clemens only started nine games with the Jets over five seasons and barely completed half of his passes.
6. Stephen Hill, 2012 (Last Year: 7)
The Jets traded up for Hill in 2012. Alshon Jeffery was the next receiver off the board. Hill had great raw athleticism but few skills to play the wide receiver position effectively. Playing on one of the least talented receiving groups in the league, Hill still couldn't crack the top five in receiving stats in 2013. He did not even make it to his third year and has yet to play in an NFL game since leaving the Jets.
7. Vladimir Ducasse, 2010 (Last Year: 8)
As bad of a pick as Hill was, he at least had a couple of monster games against the Bills to his credit. That is more than Ducasse can say. UMass alum Mike Tannenbaum thought he had hit gold when he landed Ducasse in 2010. What he got was a player who could only crack the starting lineup once in four years and lost that starting role to a rookie who was not ready after only four games. This was as big of a whiff as could be.