3 Jets Draft Picks Who Are Officially Busts Following 2023 Season

These three New York Jets draft picks are more than deserving of the bust label following the 2023 NFL season.

QB Zach Wilson is one of three Jets draft busts from the last few years.
QB Zach Wilson is one of three Jets draft busts from the last few years. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL offseason is in full swing and New York Jets fans are already looking ahead to the 2024 draft class. The Jets have a lot of thinking to do with eight draft picks at their disposal come April, including the 10th overall selection that could be used on a potential franchise-altering player.

While it's always an interesting exercise to theorize who New York could draft in two months, it's also fun to look back on past classes. Athletes across every sport develop at different rates and football is no different. Sometimes it takes a few seasons to declare whether a selection was a success or a failure.

When it comes to the latter category, it's officially time to call these three Jets draft picks one thing: busts.

1. QB Zach Wilson — 2021 Round 1, Pick 2

It's no secret that Zach Wilson's Jets tenure has been more than disappointing.

The 24-year-old signal-caller has been unable to live up to expectations ever since New York drafted him second overall in 2021. He's led the Jets to a 12-21 record across 33 starts over the last three seasons, completing 57.0% of passes for 6,293 passing yards with 23 touchdowns, 25 interceptions, and a 73.2 passer rating.

It didn't take long for Wilson to lose the starting quarterback job as the Jets went out and added Aaron Rodgers last offseason.

The former BYU Cougar had a chance to get back in control when Rodgers' 2023 campaign ended after only four snaps, but Wilson just couldn't lead the team to victory. New York eventually started the likes of Tim Boyle and Trevor Siemian in his place, showing exactly where he stood in the organization's eyes.

Wilson's shortcomings can be attributed to his own struggles as well as the Jets failing to surround him with decent talent in his first two seasons. But regardless of why he hasn't lived up to the hype, the fact remains that he just doesn't look like a player who should've been drafted at No. 2 nearly three years ago.

It wouldn't be surprising if the Jets tried to trade Wilson this offseason in favor of a more consistent backup QB for Rodgers.