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NY Jets Ten Best First Round Draft Picks

Watched the NFL draft last night through the eyes of a LSJF - long suffering Jets fan. Did get to see the Super Bowl 3 victory, which was over 50 years ago. Wondering if they'll win it again before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

Not sure how our pick will turn out, but got me thinking about how other first rounders did. Now #10 wasn't drafted by the Jets, but was a darned good trade.

NY Jets Ten Best First Round Draft Picks

    1. Joe Namath (QB)

    Arguably the most iconic player in Jets history, Joe Namath was selected with the 1st overall pick in the 1965 AFL Draft. Namath led the Jets to their only Super Bowl victory in 1969 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

    2. Darrelle Revis (CB)

    Known as one of the best cornerbacks of his era, Darrelle Revis was drafted 14th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Revis' shutdown coverage skills earned him the nickname 'Revis Island' and solidified his place as a Jets legend.

    3. Nick Mangold (C)

    Drafted 29th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, Nick Mangold became a staple on the Jets' offensive line for over a decade. Mangold was a seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro during his time with the Jets.

    4. Dennis Byrd (DE)

    Selected 42nd overall in the 1989 NFL Draft, Dennis Byrd overcame a career-threatening neck injury to inspire his teammates and fans. Byrd's resilience and determination make him one of the most beloved players in Jets history.

    5. Mark Gastineau (DE)

    Drafted 41st overall in the 1979 NFL Draft, Mark Gastineau was a dominant pass rusher for the Jets. Gastineau's flamboyant playing style and fierce competitiveness made him a fan favorite during his time in New York.

    6. D'Brickashaw Ferguson (OT)

    The Jets selected D'Brickashaw Ferguson with the 4th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Ferguson was a mainstay at left tackle for the Jets, earning three Pro Bowl selections and anchoring the offensive line for a decade.

    7. John Abraham (DE)

    Drafted 13th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, John Abraham was a force off the edge for the Jets. Abraham recorded double-digit sacks in multiple seasons and earned three Pro Bowl selections during his time in New York.

    8. Freeman McNeil (RB)

    Selected 3rd overall in the 1981 NFL Draft, Freeman McNeil was a dynamic running back for the Jets. McNeil rushed for over 8,000 yards in his career and was a three-time Pro Bowler for the Jets.

    9. Wesley Walker (WR)

    Drafted 33rd overall in the 1977 NFL Draft, Wesley Walker was a deep threat receiver for the Jets. Walker's speed and big-play ability made him a key contributor to the Jets' offense throughout the 1980s.

    10. Curtis Martin (RB)

    Acquired via a trade with the New England Patriots, Curtis Martin became one of the greatest running backs in Jets history. Martin rushed for over 10,000 yards in his Jets career and was a five-time Pro Bowler. His induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 solidified his place as one of the Jets' best first-round picks.

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