In years when the New York Jets play terribly, it often seems they don’t end up as “bottom-five terrible.”
After drubbing the Buffalo Bills 30-3 in their season finale, the Jets finish the season 5-11 and secure the no. 6 overall pick in the NFL Draft next April.
The Jets entered Sunday projected sixth and could not have fallen further in the draft order, but by losing and having some help from assorted teams, New York could have moved up as high as third overall.
The Jets’ fifth victory means the Bears and Jaguars (3-12 coming into today) are guaranteed to finish with worse records and higher picks. Additionally, the Rams (4-11) would win the strength of schedule tiebreaker if they were to win their afternoon game. The Chargers, with a loss Sunday, are the only other team who can finish 5-11, but the Jets win that strength of schedule tiebreaker.
Gang Green already has picked sixth overall twice since 2008. They selected Ohio State DE/LB Vernon Gholston in ’08 and USC DE Leonard Williams in ’15. The jury is still out on the young Williams, who was just named the team MVP by his teammates, but Gholston was an undisputed bust.
According to Associated Press writer Dennis Waszak Jr., this is the first time in franchise history the Jets have finished exactly 5-11.