Joe Namath, the Jets' selection in the first round of the 1965 AFL Draft.
This is a list of first-round draft picks made by the New York Jets of the National Football League. The Jets, known as the New York Titans from the team's conception in 1960 until 1962, joined the NFL as part of the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, two years after they had defeated the Baltimore Colts by a score of 16 to 7 in Super Bowl III.
The Titans made their first American Football League Draft selection in 1961. They chose Tom Brown, a defensive lineman/guard from the University of Minnesota, known as the "Rock of Gibraltar", who won the 1960 Outland Trophy as the nation's best lineman and finished 2nd in the Heisman Trophy voting. Brown later became a College Football Hall of Famer and Canadian Football Hall of Famer.
In 1970, the Jets selected Steve Tannen, a defensive back from the University of Florida, as their first pick in the NFL Draft. The team has most recently selected Quinton Coples, a Defensive End from University of North Carolina.
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.
The Jets have selected the number one overall pick one time: Keyshawn Johnson, a wide receiver from the University of Southern California in the 1996 NFL Draft. The team has also selected number two overall twice and number three overall once. The Jets have selected players from Ohio State University five times, four times from the University of Alabama and three times each from the University of Southern California, University of Virginia and University of Miami (Florida). Two eventual Hall of Famers were selected by the Jets: Joe Namath and John Riggins.
Player selections 
Asterisks after season numbers denote that the player is still active.
- ^ "Another Golden Gopher Tunnels Into CFHOF with Tom Brown’s Enshrinement". College Football Hall of Fame. July 15, 2004. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- ^ a b c d e f g There appears to have been no real draft order in the American Football League Drafts. Some sources indicate the selection number for players, but they conflict with one another.
- ^ Brown did not play in the American Football League; he played for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League from 1960 to 1965. He was later inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Snell was drafted in the fourth round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, but he opted to play with the Jets in the AFL. Snell was the 1964 American Football League Rookies of the Year, and later contributed to the Jets' success in the Super Bowl III victory over the Baltimore Colts.
- ^ Namath was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals as the 12th overall pick in the 1965 NFL Draft, but after being chosen by the Jets in the AFL Draft, he chose to play in the AFL.
- ^ "1965 NFL and AFL Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets received the draft pick from the Denver Broncos.
- ^ 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.
- ^ a b c A 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.
- ^ Jones, Richard L. (2005-04-23). "Fans of Jets and Giants Face a Long Wait Today". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their first-round pick in 1975 to the New Orleans Saints for defensive end Billy Newsome.
- ^ "History: 1980 Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets received the draft pick from the San Francisco 49ers.
- ^ Jones won the 4x100 relay at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
- ^ "History: 1984 Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets received the draft pick from the New Orleans Saints.
- ^ "History: 1991 Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets gave up their first-round draft pick in 1991 in order to exercise a supplemental pick for Rob Moore, a wide receiver from Syracuse University, in 1990.
- ^ Smith, Timothy W. (1993-04-26). "Jets Trade Down But Still Move Up". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their third overall to the Phoenix Cardinals in exchange for the Cardinals' fourth overall pick in 1993 draft and running back Johnny Johnson.
- ^ Smith, Timothy W. (1994-04-25). "Jets Move Up in Draft to Take Glenn, a Cornerback". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their 13th overall pick and a fifth-round selection to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the Saints' twelfth overall pick.
- ^ Smith, Timothy W. (1995-04-23). "Bengals Take Carter at No. 1; Sapp Slips to 12th". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded wide receiver Rob Moore to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the Cardinals' 16th overall pick and fourth-round selection.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Eskenazi, Gerald (1998-04-20). "Jets Try to Plug Team's Many Holes". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their 18th overall draft pick and a third round selection to the New England Patriots in exchange for running back Curtis Martin.
- ^ Eskenazi, Gerald (1999-04-18). "Jets Use Their 2 Picks to Try to Strengthen Offensive Line". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets gave their 28th overall selection in the draft to the New England Patriots as part of the deal that brought head coach Bill Parcells to the Jets.
- ^ Battista, Judy (2000-04-14). "Jets Get 12th Pick in Draft From 49ers". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets gave their 16th and 48th overall (second-round) draft picks to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers' 12th overall selection.
- ^ a b Battista, Judy; Mike Freeman (2000-04-12). "Jets Close To Dealing Johnson To Bucs". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the Buccaneers' 13th and 27th overall picks.
- ^ Battista, Judy (2001-04-22). "Jets Trade Up for Johnson Replacement". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their 19th overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for the Steelers' 16th overall pick.
- ^ Battista, Judy (2003-04-26). "Jets Trade Up With an Eye on a Defensive Tackle". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their 13th and 22nd overall picks to the Chicago Bears in exchange for the Bears' fourth overall pick.
- ^ Jones, Richard L. (2005-04-21). "Jets Trade First-Round Pick to Fill Void at Tight End Tackle". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their 26th overall pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the Raiders' tight end Doug Jolley and a second-round draft pick.
- ^ Crouse, Karen (2007-04-29). "Jets Trade Up to Draft Revis With 14th Pick Tackle". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.The Jets traded their 25th, 59th (second round), and 164th (fifth round) overall picks to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for the Panthers' 14th and 191st (sixth-round) selections.
- ^ The Jets received the 30th overall pick from the Green Bay Packers.
- ^ Heyman, Brian (2009-04-25). "In Blockbuster Deal, Jets Trade Up to Draft Sanchez". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-25. The Jets received the 5th overall pick from the Cleveland Browns.
- ^ Bishiop, Greg (2010-04-24). "Reviewing the Jets’ Draft Picks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- ^ Press, Associated (2011-04-28). "Jets select Temple DL Wilkerson at No. 30". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-17.