Jets still haunted by 2014 NFL draft failure — a .083 batting average

We’re talking about the 2014 NFL draft, arguably the worst in Jets history. When offensive lineman Dakota Dozier signed recently with the Minnesota Vikings, it left the Jets with only one player from the ’14 draft — wide receiver Quincy Enunwa.
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One out of 12 picks.

Five years after the Idzik 12 — the general manager at the time was John Idzik — the Jets still are feeling the impact of that lost draft. If they had hit on, say, six out of 12, they would have a nice group of core players and they wouldn’t be reliant on free agency to plug holes. But instead of pulling off a watershed draft, Idzik & Co. watered down the roster. The Jets’ record since then is 28-52.buy nfl jerseys online

The draft started on a bad note, as then-coach Rex Ryan unsuccessfully lobbied Idzik to trade up for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Maybe it was bad karma, because it got progressively worse over the three-day draft.
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The 2014 draft, which was loaded with talent, has produced 27 Pro Bowl players, according to Pro Football Reference. Of the 256 players selected, 115 have started at least one season. Only two Jets picks are on that list — Enunwa and safety Calvin Pryor, who washed out after being chosen No. 18 overall.cheap baby nfl jerseys

Here are a few more factoids about that ill-fated ’14 draft:

Only two of the 12 (Enunwa and Dozier) are currently on NFL rosters, but that isn’t the most staggering part. This is: Eight of the 12 picks were out of the league last season.

Eleven of the 12 have been cut at least once. Many have forgotten, but Enunwa was actually waived by the Jets as a rookie and added to the practice squad, where he began his journey to the starting lineup. All told, the 12 picks have been cut 44 times by 20 different teams. The leaders: Cornerback Dexter McDougle, linebacker Jeremiah George and cornerback Brandon Dixon each have been cut six times. The only unscathed player is Dozier, who left via free agency.

Only one of the 12 was cut after punching a teammate in the face — linebacker IK Enemkpali (see: Geno Smith).nike jersey nfl

The Jets managed to mine some talent from ’14 the second time around, signing linebackers Avery Williams (2018) and C.J. Mosley (2019) as free agents. It just cost them a lot more money than it would have the first time.

2. Mini-mock draft 1.0: The Jets have the No. 3 overall pick for the second year in a row. The previous time they had top-five picks in consecutive years was 1980-1981, when they selected wide receiver Lam Jones and running back Freeman McNeil, respectively.authentic nfl jerseys sale

The Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 3 in 2018. This year? Well, let’s go to the crystal ball for the top three picks.genuine nfl jerseys

Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB. The Cards already have a quarterback (Josh Rosen) and Murray already had a professional career (baseball), but why let that stuff get in the way of a draft-day marriage? I happen to believe Murray will be Baker Mayfield, except faster.authentic nfl jerseys for sale