No. 25: Jets' best draft class

ESPN Stats and Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967-2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers -- regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them. Insider will count down each team's best draft class (seeded 1-32), then conduct a tournament to determine the best class of all time.

For a short explanation of the ranking system, click here, or, for a more detailed rundown of how the system was developed, click here.

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The New York Jets have drafted average to below-average talent. They've drafted one Hall of Famer (John Riggins, who played the majority of his career with the Washington Redskins) and 24 Super Bowl winners (only five played on the lone Jets victory in 1969). The Jets have never drafted an MVP or offensive/defensive player of the year. Their best draft class according to ESPN Stats and Information's rankings was in 1977. These picks helped the Jets make the playoffs four times, including the AFC Championship Game in the 1982 season.