Thursday, April 26, 2012
Forbes: Jets among top drafting teams
By Rich Cimini
Forbes magazine conducted an in-depth analysis of the NFL draft, from 2005 to 2009, and determined the Jets were the second-best drafting team in that span.
The researchers used a complex formula, but, in essence, they based the data on four variables: Percentage of games played, percentage of games started, career length and number of Pro Bowls earned. Their five most efficient teams, with their score:
1. Packers --141.3
2. Jets -- 138.9
3. Cowboys -- 128.4
4. Saints -- 126.1
5. Vikings -- 120.2
From 2005 to 2009, the Jets drafted D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez, among others. If it weren't for the Vernon Gholston flop in '08, you'd have to think the Jets would've finished first.