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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
How the Jets are built

By Rich Cimini

You can tell a lot about a team from its roster composition. Here, we take a look at the Jets' current roster, breaking it down by draft round (starters in bold).

Analysis: The Jets have 15 first-round picks on the roster, but only nine are "homegrown." That reflects their penchant for signing free agents and making trades ... It's amazing they have only one productive player from the second round. The second round has haunted them for a long time, dating back to the 1990s. (Browning Nagle, anyone?) ... Through the mid-2000s, the fourth round usually produced solid players (Jerricho Cotchery, Kerry Rhodes, etc.), but they boast only two fourth rounders on the roster ... The only late-round gem is G Matt Slauson, a two-year starter. Otherwise, they've imported other teams' late-round castoffs. They replenished their depth with their most recent draft, which consisted of eight players.


DE Quinton Coples (2012)
CB Antonio Cromartie (Chargers, 2006)
LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson (2006)
WR Santonio Holmes (Steelers, 2006)
TE Dustin Keller (2008)
S LaRon Landry (Redskins, 2007)
C Nick Mangold (2006)
LB Aaron Maybin (Bills, 2009)
LB Calvin Pace (Cards, 2003)
CB Darrelle Revis (2007)
QB Mark Sanchez (2009)
QB Tim Tebow (Broncos, 2010)
LB Bryan Thomas (2002)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (2011)
CB Kyle Wilson (2010)


OL Vladimir Ducasse (2010)
LB David Harris (2007)
WR Stephen Hill (2012)


LB Demario Davis (2012)
NT Kenrick Ellis (2011)
RB Shonn Greene (2009)
RT Wayne Hunter (Seahawks, 2003)
NT Sione Pouha (2005)
S Eric Smith (2006)
WR Patrick Turner (Dolphins, 2009)


RB Joe McKnight (2010)
RB Bilal Powell (2011)


FB John Conner (2010)
WR Jeremy Kerley (2011)
DE Jay Richardson (Raiders, 2007)
LB Ricky Sapp (Eagles, 2010)


S Yeremiah Bell (Dolphins, 2003)
S Josh Bush (2012)
PK Nick Folk (Cowboys, 2007)
RB Terrance Ganaway (2012)
G Robert T. Griffin (2012)
G Caleb Schlauderaff (Packers, 2011)
G Matt Slauson (2009)


S Antonio Allen (2012)
PK Josh Brown (Seahawks, 2003)
CB Ellis Lankster (Bills, 2009)
QB Greg McElroy (2011)
WR Scotty McKnight (2011)
WR Chaz Schilens (Raiders, 2008)
WR Jordan White (2012)