Thursday, April 2, 2009
What can the Jets expect at No. 17?
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
If they hold onto their allocated first-round pick, what type of player can the New York Jets expect with the No. 17 selection?
I figured we might learn something by reviewing the level of talent each AFC East team's first-round draft slot has yielded over the past decade.
No. 17 has produced a mixed bag of standouts, reliable starters, journeymen and disappointments. Top guard Steve Hutchinson is the best of the lot, while receiver Bryant Johnson and defensive end Jarvis Moss have been the biggest mistakes.
- 1999 Damien Woody, C, Patriots: Two-time Super Bowl champion and one-time Pro Bowler has played center, guard and tackle.
- 2000 Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders: Productive, but isn't among the league's elite kickers.
- 2001 Steve Hutchinson, G, Seahawks: Six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro now stars for the Vikings.
- 2002 Phillip Buchanon, CB, Raiders: Recently signed with the Lions, his fourth team in a decent -- but unspectacular -- career.
- 2003 Bryant Johnson, WR, Cardinals: Never has caught 50 passes or gained 750 yards.
- 2004 D.J. Williams, LB, Broncos: Has been a solid starter since his rookie season.
- 2005 David Pollack, LB, Bengals: Started five games as a rookie before a spinal injury early in 2006 forced him into retirement.
- 2006 Chad Greenway, LB, Vikings: A preseason knee injury wiped out his rookie campaign, but he has started 31 of the past 32 games, recording 5.5 sacks last year.
- 2007 Jarvis Moss, DE, Broncos: The Broncos traded up to get him, but he has started one game in two seasons.
- 2008 Gosder Cherilus, T, Lions: Started 13 games at right tackle as a rookie.