Kyle Wilson – 1st round, 29th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft
Kyle Wilson has become one in a long line of cornerbacks Rex Ryan has drafted in his tenure as Jets head coach. His philosophy is to add as many athletic guys as you can. But at times, at least in hindsight, that kind of thinking has looked like reaching. Wilson was expected to fit in across from Darrell Revis, creating two shut down corners and allow the Jets to blitz. Wilson, while talented and a solid player, hasn’t developed that shut down ability. He’s mostly become the Jets nickel cornerback, a key position in today’s league. But that’s mostly because it proved too difficult to cover a team’s top one or two targets. You can’t call him a bust because he plays solid defense, but three interceptions (one in the last 2 seasons) just can’t cut it for a 1st round pick.
Justin Miller – 2nd round, 57th overall in 2005
Like Wilson, it’d be tough to quantify Justin Miller as a total bust as well, taking in to account his total production as a player. Miller never really got off the ground as a cornerback in the NFL, seeing his playing time decrease big-time after his first two years. But if you look as his production as a return man, it would be hard to complain at all. Miller returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in his first two years for the Jets. But an off-the-field incident and a bad knee injury cut his 2007 season short; the Jets ultimately cut him in the off-season. However, after a strong 2008 with the Raiders, he resigned with the Jets in 2009, but couldn’t regain that Broadway magic and was cut again in the middle of the season.
Derrick Strait – 3rd round, 76th overall in 2004
Despite his mid-round draft position, Derrick Strait came into the NFL with plenty of collegiate accolades, including the Nagurski and Thorpe awards. He’d never earn another trophy as a pro. He rode the bench during the majority of his stint in New York, playing 21 games and starting three. In 2006, the Jets tried to trade him to the Browns for running back Lee Suggs, but Suggs failed his physical and Strait returned to the Jets, who cut him. He bounced around the league that season before calling it quits in 2007.
Terry Williams– 2nd round pick, 37th overall in 1988
You can’t call Williams a bust, but more of a wasted draft pick. An early 2nd-round guy, the Jets expected a lot out of Williams, but would never get it thanks to a career-ending knee injury early in his sophomore season. In all Williams would play in just 11 games over two seasons, never tallying an interception. He would retire in 1989.
Russell Carter – 1st round, 10th overall in 1984
Carter came out strong as a rookie for the Jets posting four interceptions and three sacks in 1984 in just 11 games. But those four picks would be the only ones he’d ever tally in his pro career. Carter could never seem to stay on the field for a full season for the Jets. Though he started all most every game for the Jets when he played, Carter missed 19 of 48 games over a three-year period between 1985-87. He ultimately moved to the west coast to play for the Raiders for two years, but retired in 1989.