As "A Christmas Story" is to Christmas and "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is to Halloween, this video of Jets fans booing, rationalizing and pleading is to the NFL Draft.
Thanks in part to a run of poor teams and the location of the NFL Draft, fans of the New York Jets have had plenty of opportunities to deliver in-person reactions to the high-profile selections of their favorite team. And, boy, they have delivered emotion at a far better rate than the Jets have delivered quality selections.
Highlights of this ESPN-edited compilation of the team's ill-fated draft picks include the general outrage when the team passed over Warren Sapp for Kyle Brady in the 1995 draft as well as the way this one fan talked himself into Ken O'Brien over Dan Marino because "obviously the Jets know something that the people up here don't."
"It's obvious to me right now that the Jets just don't understand what the draft is all about," Mel Kiper, another staple of the draft, lamented in 1989.
A year later, the Jets tapped Penn State running back Blair Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick. For context, Cortez Kennedy, Emmitt Smith and Junior Seau would be drafted later in the first round.
The recent trade that sent cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa yielded the No. 13 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Barring another trade, Jets fans will have a chance to react to the No. 9 and the No. 13 picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
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