Miami Dolphins Jeff Zgonina in action against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, October 30, 2005, at LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisana. Miami won 21-6.
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As the countdown to the NFL draft continues, Jet X looks back at some of the most notable names chosen in Gang Green’s current spots.

The only NFL draft tradition more enduring than mocks is looking back at the selection gatherings of the past.

Jet X looks back on the nine spots where the New York Jets are slated to select the coming draft and highlights the best players chosen in each role.

We start with Gang Green’s final pick, the 185th selection …

1980: TE Joe Rose, Miami

A seventh-round pick of the Dolphins, Joe Rose had pedestrian numbers during his professional career, but his name appears quite often in the historical Miami football ledger.

Rose had two touchdowns in Miami’s 1982 Divisional round classic against San Diego (the latter helping the Dolphins officially erase a 24-0 deficit) and caught Dan Marino‘s first scoring pass in September 1983.

He currently serves as a radio analyst for modern Dolphins games on WQAM.

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1993: DT Jeff Zgonina, Pittsburgh

By far the longest-tenured 185th overall pick in NFL history, Zgonina, a Purdue alum, partook in 219 games over 17 NFL seasons.

He’s probably best known for a four-year tenure with the St. Louis Rams (1999-02) that saw him partake in the Super Bowl 34 effort. Zgonina notably earned a crucial sack on the final drive of St. Louis’ NFC Championship Game triumph against Tampa Bay.

He has since entered coaching, serving as the New York Giants’ assistant defensive line coach in 2016 and holding the same position in Washington today.

2009: RB Cedric Peerman, Baltimore

Peerman is the only 185th pick that has been invited to a Pro Bowl, having done so as a special teams player as a member of the Bengals in 2015.

The Virginia alum almost became a threat on fake punts as a ballcarrier, notably breaking loose for a 48-yard gain in a September 2012 win over Jacksonville.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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