Breakouts In Waiting: Top Five Young Jets Players

Cole TesslerCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

The Jets have a lot of fresh talent. From Leon Washington to Darelle Revis, these players have all broken out and showed tremendous talent, but these guys will break out soon enough.


5: Abram Elam, Safety

Abram only started as a replacement after Eric Smiths was suspended for his hit to Anquan Boldin in Week Four. This guy was clutch and was always in the middle of a huge defensive play.

In his first start for the Jets, he picked off Trent Edwards in the red zone and returned it for a TD. He also forced J.P. Losman to fumble, which was then picked up by Shaun Ellis in the final minutes. That play won the game for the Jets. 

Next season, watch out for Abram Elam 


4: Vernon Gholston, Linebacker

Vernon was the sixth Pick in 2008 NFL draft this year and Jets had high hopes. Too bad he did absolutely nothing. This guy has so much potential though.

Next season with Rex Ryan, I think he will be a major threat.Rex Ryan has helped many young linebackers develope into great players. I think the same is bound to happen with Gholston.


3: Dustin Keller, Tight End

The rookie out of Purdue had a great season with the Jets. Dustin Keller caught 48 passes for three touchdowns. He is a rookie and he will definitely improve.

Who could forget the unforgettable 3rd-and-15 pass from Favre against the Patriots that he caught.

This guy is a great receiving tight end.  And mark my words, this guy will be the next Dallas Clark.


2: David Harris, Linebacker

Harris led the Jets in 2007 in tackles with 126, not to mention the fact that it was his rookie year! This guy was an animal in 2007. He even had over 20 tackles in one game.

He got injured this year though and sat out five games. He only racked up 76 tackles, but with Rex Ryan this guy is going to be an Animal. He is going to be a tremendous run stopper for the defense next season.


1: Chansi Stuckey, Wide Receiver

This wide receiver was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. I remember after the Jets drafted him, looking at his highlight reel and thinking, "This guy will be the next Marques Colston." It is certainly shaping out to be that way.

He sat out the 2007 season but got a quick start on the 2008 season. He caught a touchdown pass in all three of his first official NFL games, something never done before.

Laveranues Coles had a pretty bad season last year and he is not getting younger. If Coles looks bad, look for this guy to step in. Tremendous hands and good speed.


Honorable Mentions

Dwight Lowery, CB: Pretty good cornerback with a lot of potential, but very exposed in Week 11 matchup against the Patriots.

David Clowney, WR: Had over 150 yards in a preseason game and showed a lot of potential, but missed almost all of the season due to injury.