Draft Disasters Haunt Jets
The franchise was on a high, the future looked bright and the Jets finally looked set to enjoy a prolonged period of relative success following a disappointing two decades.
Yet in December 2013, the franchise is in disarray – with a dismal spell seeing Rex Ryan’s side in freefall and their play-off hopes all but over.
It truly has been a disastrous three years for the men in Green and White since they lost against New England Patriots in their second AFC Championship game.
Numerous finger pointing has occurred and various excuses have been churned out by those connected by the organisation as to why things have gone so badly wrong.
But the answer is simple: the New York Jets are a perfect example of what can happen if you draft badly over a sustained period of the time.
The annual NFL Draft is a crucial event – providing sides with the chance to snap up their stars of the future without really breaking the bank and destroying their salary cap situation.
However, the past five years have, overall, seen the Jets fall flat on their faces with their dealings in the Draft.
Generally, you expect the majority of picks in the first two rounds to be capable of holding down a starting spot for the next few years – with the latter rounds offering the chance to steal some talent.
Look at the Jets over the last five years, and the vast majority of draft picks ultimately spell failure.
Excluding the 2013 class, only five of the last 27 Jets picks currently hold down a regular starting role.
Since drafting the mother of all busts in the form of Vernon Gholston in 2008, the likes of Mark Sanchez, Kyle Wilson, Vlad Ducasse, Stephen Hill, Dee Milliner and Geno Smith have all been taken in the opening two rounds.
That is a frightening list. The result? A roster worryingly devoid of talent and set for another season to forget.