"Its obvious to me that the Jets do not know what the draft is all about."
—Mel Kiper Jr. 1989 Draft.
Through the Jets' history that statement has been correct, as the Jets are a team of many draft blunders.
Another player could be added to that list if he does not prove himself: Vernon Gholston.
Here is a look back on the top five Jets draft blunders.
5. Roger Vick, 21th Pick, 1987 Draft
Notable players passed on: Bruce Armstrong, Christian Okoye
4. "Johnny Lam" Jones, Second Pick, 1980 Draft.
Johnny Wesly Jones was a world class sprinter, so many teams thought he could be a great wide receiver. There is, however, another part of receiving that is important: catching the ball.
Jones could not, and played only five seasons with the Jets and the NFL.
Notable players passed on: Art Monk, Anthony Munoz
3. Kyle Brady, Ninth Pick, 1995 Draft
Warren Sapp was still on the board and the Jets Fans wanted him, even chanting, "We want Sapp! We want Sapp!"
Too bad the Jets did not listen.
Kyle only played four seasons with the Jets, racking up only 949 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Let's look at Warren Sapp now. He's only a six-time pro bowler and four-time first team All-Pro.
Notable players passed on: Warren Sapp, Ty Law, Derrick Brooks
2. Blair Thomas, Second Pick, 1990 Draft
Thomas was a Heisman runner-up behind Andre Ware. Like Ware, success did not come with him to the pros.
Thomas only racked up 2,000 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons with the Jets. He got released by the Jets after four seasons.
Notable players passed on: Emmitt Smith, Junior Seau
1. Ken O'Brien, 24th Pick, 1983 Draft
Ken O'Brien was an OK quarterback, nothing special about him. He made two Pro Bowls and finished 50-55-1 with the Jets.
So what makes this a blunder?
Passing on Dan Marino.
To be at that spot in the draft and not draft Marino was crazy at the time. Many people thought the Jets where going to get Marino.
Too bad we picked a decent QB over one of the greatest QBs of all time.
Notable People Passed On: DAN MARINO!
Now that I have stopped crying, the question is, will Vernon Gholston soon be added to this list?
It is tough to tell right now. He was definitely looking like it. He was drafted sixth overall in this years draft, played in all 16 games this season, and racked up a whopping 13 tackles.
He was known for getting to the QB, right? Let's look at his sack total. Zero.
Some decent players passed on are Jerod Mayo, who won defensive ROY, and Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco. I could go on with other players like Matt Forte and Chris Johnson, but I won't.
I was going to label him a bust, until the Jets hired Rex Ryan. He promised to make this guy the next Terrell Suggs, and looking at his track record, I'll believe him.
The potential is definitely there and if Rex can show him how to be a great LB, he will be.
I guess we will find out in the 2009 season.
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