NFL Draft: Best Jets Draft Picks Under Mike Tannenbaum by Round
No matter what happened last year, the Mike Tannenbaum era has been a resounding success for the Jets (well, at least by Jet standards). He has produced three playoff trips, two AFC championship games and only one season under .500. Here are his best picks by round since his tenure as GM began.
Undrafted Free Agents: Danny Woodhead
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If you're going to blame Mike Tannenbaum for cutting Danny Woodhead, you have to give him credit for finding him.
Woodhead, New England's versatile scat-back, started his career as a Jet after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
Woodhead spent his first few years fighting for playing time. His fight for a roster spot was chronicled on Hard Knocks, but unfortunately, he was deemed too small to be a meaningful NFL player and was cut after training camp in 2010.
We all know the rest. Bill Belichick picked him up and turned him into a valuable role player. Still, give Tannenbaum some credit. He gave Woodhead a chance before anyone else.
Round 7: Chansi Stuckey
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Round 7 has not been kind to Mike Tannenbaum.
I could go on and on, but most teams don't find gems in Round 7, so the Jets really can't complain.
Chansi Stuckey has at least been able to stick around in the league for a few years. He's bounced around to Cleveland and Arizona and is at least useful on special teams. Stuckey wins here by default.
Round 6: Drew Coleman
Not so surprisingly, Round 6 has also failed to produce any stars for the Jets.
That may be because it doesn't for anyone else either, but it also may have to do with New York's tendency to trade up, giving up several later picks to acquire premium ones in the early rounds.
Drew Coleman has been one of the few contributors the Jets have found later on. It's hard to shine as a corner when you're playing with Darrelle Revis, but Coleman has carved himself out a spot in this league.
He's probably better suited as a nickel back, but he's capable of covering lesser receivers on the outside as well. The Jets have a ton of money tied into Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson, making Coleman expendable. He has taken his talents to Jacksonville, where he'll have a chance to step outside of the shadow of Revis Island.
Round 5: John Connor
Rex Ryan's hand-picked fullback in the 2010 draft has become a fan favorite for his big blocks and constant presence on Hard Knocks.
Connor isn't an All-Pro, but he's an up-and-comer and one of the league's best players at a dying position. He won't dazzle you with spin moves, but he'll take out linebackers so that Shonn Greene can.
Round 4: Leon Washington
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Both 2006 fourth-rounders were excellent choices, and Brad Smith could easily have been the pick here, but I had to go with one of my personal favorite Jets ever: Leon Washington.
The tiny former Seminole did it all. He was a runner, receiver and returner and helped spark Rex Ryan's first ground-and-pound offense in 2009 before getting injured.
Washington was traded during the 2010 draft, but still managed to provide far more value than anyone could have hoped for out of a fourth-round pick.
Round 3: Shonn Greene
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Trades took New York's third-rounders in 2007, 2008 and 2010, but the Jets have found at least somewhat meaningful production from there when given the chance.
Eric Smith, though a dreadful safety, is a very valuable special teams contributor. Kenrick Ellis hasn't proven anything yet, but he clearly has potential with his massive 350-pound frame.
Shonn Greene is the only proven starter from Round 3, though. He hasn't lived up to the promise he showed us in the 2009 playoffs, but he's a valuable back to have in the right rotation. If the Jets could find someone to be what LaDainian Tomlinson was in 2010, their rushing offense should rise back to the top of the league.
Round 2: David Harris
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What? Were you expecting Kellen Clemens?
Harris has been a rock for the Jets defense. He was excellent for both Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan. He's one of the league's best run-stuffers and is underrated in coverage.
With Bart Scott declining, the Jets will look to Harris to take on a bigger role next year, both as a leader and a player. I don't think any of us doubt that he's up to the task.
Round 1: Darrelle Revis
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This has been where Mike Tannenbaum shines. He has done an excellent job bringing in top-tier talent at the top of the draft.
In 2006, he set up the offensive line for the next decade with D'brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold.
In 2009, he made the controversial trade up for Mark Sanchez. Sanchez isn't a proven star yet, but he's at least taken the Jets to two AFC championship games.
His past two picks (Kyle Wilson and Muhammed Wilkerson) have shown flashes of pure brilliance and should be mainstays on the defense for a long time.
Other than a 2008 miss on Vernon Gholston (which we continue to hear was an Eric Mangini decision), Tannenbaum has been fantastic in Round 1.
None of his picks have done better, though, than Darrelle Revis. Revis is the undisputed best corner in the game and may be the league's best defensive player. Mangold and Ferguson are stars, but Revis has the potential to be one of the greatest corners of all time. That's why he gets the nod here.