Draft rewind: A look back at the 9th pick


The Jets own seven selections in the upcoming draft. Here's a look back at the recent history with each slot, focusing on the first round:

The Picks:

Round 1 -- 9th overall

Round 2 -- 39th overall

Round 3 -- 72nd overall

Round 4 -- 106th overall

Round 5 -- 141st overall

Round 6 -- 178th overall

Round 7 -- 215th overall

The last three drafts, the 9th pick:

2012: Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers (Boston College)

2011: Tyron Smith, OT, Cowboys

2010: C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills (Clemson)

Analysis: No busts here; all three players have promising futures. Kuechly was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Smith was a solid starter for the second straight year and Spiller was one of the most exciting players in the league. After being under-utilized in his first two seasons, Spiller's role increased with an injury to Fred Jackson and he ran with the opportunity. He rushed for 1,200-plus yards and averaged a mind-boggling 6.0 per carry, with a chunk of that damage inflicted against the Jets. For the record, the Jets have picked from the No. 9 slot only twice in their history -- 1995 (TE Kyle Brady) and 1972 (WR Jerome Barkum). Based on the last three drafts, there's about a 43 percent chance a top-10 pick will make the Pro Bowl in his first, second or third season.