It’s April 22nd, meaning there are only three days to go until the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee.
As we count down the days until the Jets prepare for their fifth draft under Mike Maccagnan, I thought it would be fun to climb up the ladder of the best Jets draft picks of the 21st century.
Each day until the fateful morning of the 25th, I’ll name off one of the top eleven most productive Jets selections of the millennium. How did I rank them, you might ask? Good question! I stacked them up according to their scores as calculated by my genius formula — proven to be 100% accurate and 0% arbitrary!
Players earned points for accomplishing any of the following while in a Jets uniform:
- 50 points for a first team All-Pro appearance
- 25 points for a Pro Bowl appearance
- 1 point for each point of Approximate Value (via Pro Football Reference - a number that aims to calculate a player’s total value)
- 0.5 points for each regular season game played
Yesterday, I continued the rankings at #5 with John Abraham. Let’s move up to #4!
#4 - D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON
224 points: 69 approximate value (6th among all Jets draft picks since 2000), 160 regular season games played (3rd), three Pro Bowl appearances
- Born in New York, New York and attended high school in Freeport, New York
- Selected 4th overall by the Jets in the first round of the 2006 Draft (Virginia)
- Played entire career with Jets from 2006-15
- Ferguson only missed one snap in his entire career, which was a gadget play at the end of a game in 2008. By many accounts, he never even missed a single practice.
- Ferguson ranks 13th in Jets history in regular season games played with 160, and seventh among offensive linemen.
- Throughout the length of Ferguson’s career from 2006 to 2015, the Jets amassed 20,467 rushing yards, third most in the league over that span. In 2005, the season before Ferguson arrived, the Jets were 31st in rushing yards. In the three seasons since Ferguson has retired, the Jets are ranked 19th in rushing yards.
- Ferguson did a nice job keeping yellow flags off the field. He averaged only 4.3 total penalties per season over the course of his career.
- Among all players in league history that were born in the state of New York, Ferguson ranks 12th in games played. He has played more games for the Jets than any other player born in either New York or New Jersey. However, four players to spend at least some time in green sit above him on the overall N.Y. games played list — Trevor Pryce (187 games played, 5th), Jumbo Elliott (197 games played, 4th), Roman Phifer (212 games played, 3rd), and Vinny Testaverde (233 games played, 2nd).