By Brian Devine on March 28, 2014
Throughout the Jets' history, they have made some severe mistakes in the draft. They have drafted many ineffective players with high picks, and they have missed out on drafting many star players. Some of these moves set the franchise back significantly because they traded multiple picks to move up in the draft.
With the ninth pick in the 1995 draft, the Jets passed on Warren Sapp and selected Kyle Brady. The pick was strongly disliked at the time, and it looks even worse in hindsight. Sapp was inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Brady had a lackluster career. Brady only played four seasons for New York, and he never exceeded more than 30 receptions in any of those seasons.
Despite leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games, Sanchez never developed into the franchise quarterback that they hoped. Sanchez consistently struggled with his accuracy, and he always turned the ball over too much. After several disappointing seasons, the Jets finally released Sanchez this offseason.
As the second overall pick in the draft, Thomas never lived up to the hype. He scored only five touchdowns during his tenure with the Jets, and did not rush for over 800 yards in any single season. To make things worse, Hall-of-Famer Cortez Kennedy and standout linebacker Junior Seau were picked immediately after Thomas.
While Vernon Gholston was an incredible athlete, he was not a good football player. His exciting combination of size and speed made him a top-10 draft pick, but his skills never translated into the NFL. He never recorded a sack in his career, and he only made 16 tackles.
While Jones was extremely fast and won an Olympic gold medal for sprinting, he never developed into a quality receiver. The Jets traded two first-round picks to acquire him, and passed on Hall-of-Fame tackle Anthony Munoz, who was picked third overall. In just 38 career starts, Jones was unreliable and unproductive. He averaged only 28 catches and three touchdowns during his five seasons with New York.
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