Former Texas running back Johnny "Lam" Jones greets Del Valle High School football players after talking to them about his life experiences. (Erich Schlegel/Dallas Morning News)

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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: New York Jets

Posted April 26th, 2016

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Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2016 Draft, we took a look at each NFL team’s Longhorn draft history.

Over the next week leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, we’re taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.

New York Jets (1959-present)

Best pick: John Elliot, defensive lineman, 1967

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Elliot was a three-time Pro Bowler and one time All-Pro with the Jets. He played seven seasons, all in New York, after being the 171st pick in the NFL draft. He was a starter on the Super Bowl III championship team, where he was coached by Buddy Ryan.

Elliott eventually became a Texas sheriff in the 1970s.

He was a four-year letter-winner at Texas.

Most recent pick: Lam Jones, wide receiver, 1980

Staff photo by Karen Warren... Johnny Lam Jones after getting inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Fame, Saturday...
Johnny Lam Jones after getting inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Fame(Karen Warren/American-Statesman)

You have to go back 36 years to find the last Longhorn taken by the Jets. There might be a reason. Jones went second overall to the Jets that year. The Jets bypassed Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz (one of the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the game), Art Monk (940 receptions) and Dwight Stephenson. His Texas teammate, Steve McMichael, was also taken after him in the third round.

Jones played five seasons total for the Jets. He started 13 games his rookie year, but never more than eight afterwards. He caught 138 passes, and never more than 43 in a season. Jones didn’t have an eye-popping college football career, though he is 10th all-time in all-purpose yards, so why did the Jets trade two draft picks and give him $2.1 million?

Because John Wesley “Lam” Jones may be one of the fastest, and greatest athletes to ever compete at Texas. The 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the 4×100  could be one of the greatest two-sport athletes to come through Texas. The Jets were so enamored with Jones’ speed that they took him second.

He was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

First pick: Tommy Lucas, wide receiver, 1963

Lucas was taken 96th overall in the 12th round of the AFL draft. He didn’t play in the NFL.

Of note: Pete Lammons was the 68th overall pick in the AFL draft and played six seasons, making one Pro Bowl and was one of two Longhorns drafted by the Jets who were on the Jets’ Super Bowl III roster. He caught 45 passes for 515 yards in 1967. Lammons caught 27 passes in 1965 for the Longhorns.

Correction: As Texas Media Relations notes, there were four Longhorns on the Jets historic 1968 roster, Lammons, John Elliot (the two players drafted by the Jets) as well as George Sauer (undrafted in 1965) and Jim Hudson (also undrafted in the 1965 draft).

 

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