New York Jets: The ten plagues of the NFL Draft part II

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Blair  Thomas

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It’s interesting to note that there is a solid possibility that a Penn State running back will be chosen by the New York Giants at number two. In 1990, it was a similar situation for the Jets. Long-time running back Freeman McNeil was 30 years old and was a shell of what he once was. In 1989 he posted 352 rushing yards and the team was looking to the future.

With the second pick of the draft they selected Blair Thomas out of Penn State. He was a highly touted player coming out of college so it wasn’t as if he started out as one of the plagues. He certainly became one. His first season wasn’t terrible as he posted 620 yards and a five yards per carry average. The next season was the beginning of the end. On a Monday night against Chicago, Thomas carried the rock 27 times for 125 yards. However, he coughed up a key fumble that cost the team the game and he was never the same.

He approached 100 yards in a game only one more time in his career with an 88 yard performance in 1992. This was not what they thought they were getting when they invested the second overall choice. Add to that the names that were drafted later in the same round: Cortez Kennedy, Junior Seau and Emmitt Smith.

This one will make you groan at the Seder, that’s for sure.