(Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro, Dexter McDougle, Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, Dakota Dozier, Jeremiah George, Brandon Dixon, Quincy Enunwa, IK Enemkpali, Tajh Boyd, Trevor Reilly)
I am not saying this draft class will be the worst of the decade, I am just saying it to early for anyone to evaluate it. The Jets had twelve picks, but not many contributed as rookies. Jace Amaro showed the most promise, leading all rookie tight ends in catches. Calvin Pryor did not live up to expectations, and Jeremiah George, Brandon Dixon Tajh Boyd, and Jalen Sanders are no longer on the team. Dexter McDougle and Shaq Evans were both injured, while IK Enemkpali actually showed some potential in brief stints. Next year we can start debating this class.
(Kyle Wilson, Vladimir Ducasse, Joe McKnight, John Conner)
The Jets only had four picks back in 2010, and they did not nail any. Kyle Wilson, their first rounder, has been one of the bigger busts in Jets history. He couldn't see action this past year when the Jets needed corners so badly. Ducasse was another bust, an early rounder who never developed into a legit starting guard. Joe McKnight never became any sort of factor as a running back, but actually was a great kick-returner for a brief period. Conner was a Rex pick, and barely lasted in his first stint. He was resigned in the middle of this past season to fill an injury need at fullback. No real NFL players came out of this class.
(Vernon Gholston, Dustin Keller, Dwight Lowery, Erik Ainge, Marcus Henry, Nate Garner)
This class featured a couple nice picks, but Vernon Gholston is possibly the biggest draft bust in franchise history. Gholston was the sixth overall pick and never recorded a single sack. Dustin Keller is the highlight of this class, as he spent spent five seasons with the Jets as a very productive tight end. Lowery has emerged as a solid NFL player, but was dealt after three seasons in New York. He recorded 7 picks in green and white. The last three picks all never did anything for the Jets.
(Mike Nugent, Justin Miller, Sione Pouha, Kerry Rhodes, Andre Maddox, Cedric Houston, Joel Dressen, Harry Williams)
The Jets did not have a first rounder in 2005, and used their second rounder on a kicker. Nugent had a brief stint with the Jets, and was pretty productive. Pouha and Rhodes are the gems of this class. Pouha was a solid player at defensive tackle for a long time in green and white, while Rhodes was a ball-hawking safety until 2010. The test of the guys from this class made little to no impact during their stints with the Jets.
(Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Matt Slauson)
Nobody from this class is still a part of the Jets which is very odd considering how recently 2009 was. However, all three of the guys made big impacts during the two AFC championship game runs. Sanchez was supposed to be the quarterback of the future, but could never develop with the Jets in his four seasons as a starter. Greene looked to be on the same track at running back, but was exposed for his lack of talent after the two title runs. Slauson is now a solid player in Chicago, and was a starter at guard for the Jets for a couple of seasons.
(Quinton Coples, Stephen Hill, Demario Davis, Josh Bush, Terrence Ganaway, Robert T. Griffin, Antonio Allen, Jordan White)
The good thing about this class is the Jets have found two key defensive starters from it. Demario Davis and Quinton Coples are two starters on defense for the Jets, and both have been solid. Stephen Hill looked promising early on, but the receiver ended up being a total bust. Ganaway, Griffin, Bush, and White, never really did anything for the Jets. Antonio Allen still has potential if the Jets can put him back for good at the safety spot instead of at cornerback.
(Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson, Geno Smith, Brian Winters, Oday Aboushi, Will Campbell, Tommy Bohanon)
After the rookie season of this class, this group appeared to be heading way up. Dee Milliner was promising at corner, but can never get healthy. Brian Winters was not good at guard before getting hurt this season. Geno Smith has been totally up and down over his career, but there is hope Chan Gailey can turn him around. Aboushi and Bohanon have shown that they can be adequate starters if the Jets need them to be. The diamond of this class is Sheldon Richardson, who is now an All-Pro caliber player and the Jets best player. He carries this draft class away from the bottom of this list.
(Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Bilal Powell, Jeremy Kerley, Greg McElroy, Scotty McKnight)
This class has actually turned out well for the Jets. Muhammad Wilkerson is a franchise corner-store and should be a Jet for a long-time. Kenrick Ellis has never taken the next step, but has been a very solid rotation player. Powell has always been underused, but when he is used he is a very good receiving and blocking running back. Powell and Ellis may depart in free agency this offseason. Jeremy Kerley was the steal of this draft for the Jets. He has been the Jets most reliable receiver over his career, and will play a nice role in the slot next season. McElroy had one game where he made an impact, and McKnight never did anything.
(Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Jacob Bender, Chansi Stuckey)
The reason this draft class is so high on the list is because of the two studs it produced at the top. Revis was the Jets best player from 2007 until 2013, when he was traded to Tampa Bay. He was the most dominant defensive player in the game when he was with the Jets. David Harris has been the anchor on the Jets defense at middle linebacker since he was drafted. He may not be back next season as he is a free agent. Bender never did anything as a Jet, and Stuckey was a decent player for a couple of seasons.
(D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Kellen Clemens, Anthony Schlgel, Eric Smith, Brad Smith, Leon Washington, Jason Pociask, Drew Coleman, Titus Adams)
Let's weed out the bad of the Jets best class of the decade. Schlgel, Adams, and Pociask never did anything as Jets. Clemens never lived up to his potential, but was a decent backup for a couple years at quarterback. Drew Coleman was a solid depth player for a few seasons at cornerback. The rest of the class was so good. Eric Smith was a good depth safety for the Jets for the most part, even if fans didn't like him. Brad Smith and Leon Washington were two great special teams and wildcat players for the Jets. Smith played a huge role during the title runs. Ferguson and Mangold are still anchoring the Jets offensive line. The two first rounders have been Pro Bowl players over their time with the Jets.