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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Updated: April 21, 8:49 AM ET
Pennington among best Jets draft picks

By Rich Cimini
ESPNNewYork.com

As the New York Jets approach the 2011 NFL draft, ESPN New York decided to take a look back at the past two decades and some of the gems the Jets drafted.

There were more gems at certain positions than others, but here's a few we thought were worth mentioning.

OFFENSE

Dustin Keller
Keller has emerged as an elite option for Mark Sanchez at tight end.

QB -- Chad Pennington (Round 1, 2000)

Winningest Jets QB over the past decade -- 32-29, plus two playoff wins. Injuries his downfall.

RB -- Leon Washington (Round 4, 2006)

Scored 19 touchdowns in four seasons. All-Pro kick returner in 2007.

RB -- Richie Anderson (Round 6, 1993)

A premier, pass-catching fullback. Finished with 400 career receptions.

WR -- Terance Mathis (Round 6, 1990)

Enjoyed four 1,000-yard receiving seasons with Atlanta Falcons after four non-descript seasons with Jets.

WR -- Laveranues Coles (Round 3, 2000)

Slipped in draft because of off-the-field issues. Fourth-leading receiver in team history.

TE -- Dustin Keller (Round 1, 2008)

Bucked the trend of lousy first-round tight-ends. Three seasons, 148 receptions -- and improving.

OL -- Nick Mangold (Round 1, 2006)

Arguably the best center in the NFL. Has started every game in five seasons. A two-time All-Pro.

OL -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Round 1, 2006)

Outstanding blind-side protection for Mark Sanchez. Highest-drafted player (fourth overall) on our team.

OL -- Jason Fabini (Round 4, 1998)

Classic overachiever. Started from Day 1 at right tackle, later switched to left tackle.

OL -- Randy Thomas (Round 2, 1999)

Tough, athletic guard, lasted 10-plus seasons, the last six with Washington Redskins.

OL -- Kareem McKenzie (Round 3, 2001)

Best pick of the Terry Bradway era. Smart and steady right tackle. Jumped to New York Giants in 2005.

DEFENSE

DL -- Hugh Douglas (Round 1, 1995)

Small-school star flashed promise with Jets, but shipped to Philadelphia, where he made three Pro Bowls.

DL -- Jason Ferguson (Round 7, 1997)

Absolute steal. Slipped because of positive drug test but lasted 11 years with Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

DL -- Shaun Ellis (Round 1, 2000)

Never dominant, but always good. Two-time Pro Bowler. Has appeared in more postseason games than any Jet.

DL -- John Abraham (Round 1, 2000)

Rollercoaster stay with Jets, but has blossomed into elite pass rusher with Falcons. More than 100 career sacks.

LB -- Mo Lewis (Round 3, 1991)

Only retired player on our team that played entire career in one uniform. Made three Pro Bowls.

LB -- James Farrior (Round 1, 1997)

Another big one that got away. Found happiness with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning two Super Bowl rings.

LB -- David Harris (Round 2, 2007)

Do-it-all linebacker. One of the cornerstones on the current defense. Designated "franchise" player.

DB -- Darrelle Revis (Round 1, 2007)

Best cornerback in football, has a chance to be an all-time great. Only player with his own "island."

DB -- Aaron Glenn (Round 1, 1994)

A shutdown corner in his prime. Played 14 seasons with five teams. Made three Pro Bowls.

DB -- Kerry Rhodes (Round 4, 2004)

Fell out of favor and dealt to Arizona Cardinals but had two very good years with Jets.

DB -- Marcus Coleman (Round 5, 1996)

A cornerback/safety, finished with 25 career interceptions for Jets and Houston Texans. Once had two picks in one overtime.

SPECIAL TEAMS

P/K -- Craig Hentrich (Round 8, 1993)

Cut in first training camp by Jets, hit it big with Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans. Lasted 16 seasons.