- 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 busts the Jets drafted.
QB -- Browning Nagle (Round 2, 1991)
Nicknamed "Nuke" LaLoosh of "Bull Durham" fame -- million-dollar arm, 10-cent brain.
RB -- Blair Thomas (Round 1, 1990)
RB -- LaMont Jordan (Round 2, 2001)
Showed promise as Curtis Martin's backup, but left for Oakland, hit cruise control and never fulfilled potential.
RB -- Alex Van Dyke (Round 2, 1996)
After picking Keyshawn Johnson No. 1 overall, Rich Kotite wanted another receiver. Ugh! Finished with 26 career catches.
WR -- Ryan Yarborough (Round 2, 1994)
Jets wanted WR Isaac Bruce, picked eight spots earlier. Settled for guy that never caught more than 18 passes in a season.
TE -- Johnny Mitchell (Round 1, 1992)
Had the physical tools to be great, but incredibly immature. Tried comeback, but left camp unannounced in middle of night.
OL -- David Loverne (Round 3, 1999)
Coaches called him a sleeper; too bad he never woke up. Never started a game for Jets.
OL -- Matt O'Dwyer (Round 2, 1995)
Best known for kicking out window of police cruiser after being arrested in barroom brawl.
OL -- Adrian Jones (Round 4, 2004)
A soft player without a true position. Started one full season at left tackle -- same year Jets lost two QBs. Coincidence?
OL -- Jacob Bender (Round 6, 2007)
Pick made no sense. Came from an option offense at tiny Nicholls State. Career games: Two.
OL -- David Ware (Round 4, 1993)
Never played a game in the NFL. What more can you say?
DL -- Rick Terry (Round 2, 1997)
What was Bill Parcells thinking? Terry was top pick in Round 2, lasted only three years. Lazy as Sunday morning.
DL -- Dewayne Robertson
(Round 1, 2003)
Fourth overall pick, never came close to expectations. Drafted despite a degenerative knee condition.
DL -- Dorian Boose (Round 2, 1998)
Privately, teammates called him "Caboose" -- always bringing up the rear. No career sacks.
DL -- Coleman Rudolph
(Round 2, 1993)
GM Dick Steinberg was desperate for defensive end, but picked wrong guy: Michael Strahan chosen four picks later.
LB -- Vernon Gholston (Round 1, 2008)
For $20 million, the Jets got zero sacks in three seasons from sixth overall pick. Oh, the pain.
LB -- Kurt Barber (Round 2, 1992)
Marginal special teamer for four seasons. Drafted wrong outside 'backer out of USC; should've picked Seau in '90.
LB -- Anthony Schlegel (Round 3, 2006)
Eric Mangini must have been blindfolded when watching tape of Schlegel. Too small, too slow. Already out of league.
DB -- Derrick Strait (Round 3, 2004)
So slow you could've timed him with a sun dial. Three years, three teams, retirement.
DB -- Justin Miller (Round 2, 2005)
Made Pro Bowl in '06 as kick returner, but clueless at cornerback. Out of football.
DB -- Scott Frost (Round 3, 1998)
Thought he'd be the next John Lynch -- college QB-turned-safety. More suited to Merrill Lynch.
DB -- Kevin Williams (Round 3, 1998)
Actually started a few games as a rookie, but got yanked by Parcells -- and downhill from there.
P/K -- Mike Nugent (Round 2, 2005)
Jets thought he was missing piece in championship puzzle. He was missing, all right -- always hurt.