Draft rewind: A look back at the 72nd pick

April, 10, 2013
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The Jets own seven selections in the upcoming draft. Here's a look back at the recent history with each slot, focusing on the third round:

The Picks:

Round 1 -- 9th overall

Round 2 -- 39th overall

Round 3 -- 72nd overall

Round 4 -- 106th overall

Round 5 -- 141st overall

Round 6 -- 178th overall

Round 7 -- 215th overall

The last three drafts, the 72nd pick:

2012: Olivier Vernon, DE, Dolphins (Miami)

2011: Martez Wilson, LB, Saints (Illinois)

2010: Alex Carrington, DE, Bills (Arkansas State)

Analysis: The last three third rounds have been rather weak. In fact, only two players have reached the Pro Bowl -- 49ers LB Navorro Bowman and Saints TE Jimmy Graham, both from the 2010 draft class. That's not a great hit/miss percentage for NFL scouts. Vernon, Wilson and Carrington are all backup players, with Wilson and Carrington playing for two of the worst defenses in the league. Vernon flashed some potential as an undersized pass rusher, finishing his rookie year with 3.5 sacks. A year ago, the Jets chose LB Demario Davis. After sitting behind Bart Scott, it's his time to shine.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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