Bryan Thomas has had one of the most odd Jets careers I can remember. He has spent eleven years with the team as a first round pick. He was a starter for the last seven of them. Usually you remember a player like that as a great success. I don't really think of Thomas in that way. He was drafted to be an impact player. He played an impact position, but he never really made a huge impact. He was just kind of there and kept his job because the Jets never got around to finding anybody better.

When the Jets took Thomas in the first round in 2002, they thought they were building a new Sack Exchange with fellow young first round picks John Abraham and Shaun Ellis. Even though they needed a safety and had these two defensive ends, they passed on Ed Reed to take Thomas. The Jets have had up and down safety play since. Thomas barely got off the bench early in his career. In 2006, he earned a starting job by default and moved to outside linebacker, registering 8.5 sacks in a contract year.