Rewind: A look back at the 16th pick

April, 15, 2012
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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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