- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
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.
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)
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.
P/K -- Craig Hentrich (Round 8, 1993)
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