Rewind: A look back at the 16th pick

April, 15, 2012
The Jets own 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including four compensatory selections. We're reviewing the recent draft history for each slot. A rundown of the Jets' selections:

Round 1 -- 16th overall
Round 2 -- 47th
Round 3 -- 77th
Round 5 -- 154th
Round 6 -- 187th, 202nd (comp), 203rd (comp)
Round 7 -- 232nd, 242nd (comp), 244th (comp)

The 16th pick: The Last 5 Years

2011: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Redskins
2010: Derrick Morgan, DE, Titans
2009: Larry English, OLB, Chargers
2008: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Cards
2007: Justin Harrell, DT, Packers

Analysis: The recent trend is easy to spot; teams crave pass rushers in the middle of the first round. The last three picks in the 16th slot were edge rushers, but only one -- Kerrigan (7.5 sacks) -- has lived up to expectations. It's an indication that teams could be reaching for lesser talents because premier pass rushers are at such a premium. The Jets could be faced with the same dilemma. English has been a disappointment and Morgan has appeared in only 19 games. Harrell has been a total bust while Rodgers-Cromartie, now with the Eagles, has been productive (13 interceptions).

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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