Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.
^Stephens was one of the first major black quarterbacks in collegiate football, leading the University of Minnesota to a college football championship and two Rose Bowl appearances during his tenure. Stephens was drafted by the Titans in the AFL, and the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 1962 NFL Draft, but neither team gave him any playing time. Stephens went to the Canadian Football League where he played two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.
^Stovall was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1963 NFL Draft, and opted to play with the St. Louis Cardinals.
^Nowatzke was drafted by the Detroit Lions as the 11th overall pick in the 1965 NFL Draft, and chose to play with the Lions in the NFL instead of the Jets.
^ abcA new system called the Common Draft was implemented from 1967 to 1969. In this system, both the NFL and AFL held a joint draft for college players. The Common Draft took place after the agreement for an AFL-NFL merger in 1966.
^Seiler was chosen as the 12th overall pick in the Common Draft, but he was the fourth overall selection made by an AFL team.
^White was chosen as the 17th overall pick in the Common Draft, but he was the sixth overall selection made by an AFL team.
^Foley was chosen as the 26th overall pick in the Common Draft, but he was the eighth overall selection made by an AFL team.
^The Jets acquired their second first-round pick in the 1972 Draft from the Washington Redskins.
^Anderson, Dave (1997-04-20). "A Wearin' Of the Green For Tuna". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets originally had the first overall pick in the draft, but they traded it to the St. Louis Rams for the Rams' sixth overall pick and third, fourth and seventh round selections. The Jets then traded their sixth overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the Buccaneers' eighth overall pick and a fourth-round selection.
^ abBattista, Judy; Mike Freeman (2000-04-12). "Jets Close To Dealing Johnson To Bucs". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.Cite uses deprecated parameters (help)The Jets traded wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the Buccaneers' 13th and 27th overall picks.