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Jets Draft Countdown: 1 day to go

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It’s April 24th, meaning there is only one day 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 #3 with Shaun Ellis. Let’s move up to #2!

#11 - Jerricho Cotchery (94.5 points)

#10 - Sione Pouha (107 points)

#9 - Laveranues Coles (110.5 points)

#8 - Bryan Thomas (141.5 points)

#7 - Muhammad Wilkerson (148.5 points)

#6 - David Harris (174 points)

#5 - John Abraham (208.5 points)

#4 - D’Brickashaw Ferguson (224 points)

#3 - Shaun Ellis (226 points)


413 points: 84 approximate value (tied for third among all Jets draft picks since 2000), 108 regular season games played (sixth), five Pro Bowl appearances, three first team All-Pro appearances

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  • Born and attended high school in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Selected 14th overall by the Jets in the first round of the 2007 Draft (Pittsburgh)
  • Played with Jets from 2007-12, Buccaneers in 2013, Patriots in 2014, Jets from 2015-16, and Chiefs in 2017
  • Career Jets regular season stats: 386 tackles, 112 passes defended, 25 interceptions (3 touchdowns), 10 fumbles recovered, 4 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hits, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
  • Career Jets playoff stats: 6 games, 23 tackles, 6 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 1 tackle for loss

Fast facts (Stats are regular season only unless otherwise indicated)

  • Among the 72 Jets to play at least 100 games for the franchise, Revis ranks second in approximate value accumulated per game (0.777), behind only Joe Namath (0.823).
  • Revis is third in Jets history in interceptions with 25. The only players ahead of him spent their entire Jets careers in the 1960s — Dainard Paulson (29 interceptions), and Bill Baird (34).
  • Since passes defended were first tracked in 1999, Revis is the Jets franchise leader by a humongous margin. His 112 passes defended is nearly double that of the second-ranked Jet, Antonio Cromartie, who notched 63 of those as a member of the team.
  • On the leaguewide total passes defended leaderboard (since 1999), Revis checks in tied for 18th with Ed Reed. Revis averaged 0.959 passes defended per game in his career. That ranks as the fifth-best mark among players with at least 100 games played since 1999, behind only Asante Samuel, Joe Haden, Chris McAlister, and Johnathan Joseph. Considering that much of Revis’ game was predicated on preventing targets in his direction altogether, the fact that he still ranks at a historic level in this stat is incredible.
  • Revis notched 31 passes defended in the 2009 season. It still stands as the NFL’s single-season record. He also accumulated an approximate value of 21 that year, which sits as the fourth-best single-season total in NFL history for a cornerback and the best over the last 18 seasons. It ties Revis for the Jets single-season record with a teammate of his from that very same season — David Harris, who also recorded a mark of 21 in 2009.
  • From 2009 to 2010, the Jets defense ranked first in fewest passing yards allowed (177.2 per game), first in lowest completion percentage allowed (51.2%), first in fewest yards per passing attempt allowed (6.0), second in fewest passing touchdowns allowed (32), and second in lowest opponent passer rating allowed (68.0).
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