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Played Drafted: Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Matt Slauson
Three picks, three starters.
The Jets traded up to get Mark Sanchez and two AFC Championship games later, it looked to be a good pick. While Sanchez never wowed anybody with his play, he was able to be successful as a game manager not making mistakes. After his brief success in the NFL, the last two years have been a nightmare for Sanchez.
His struggles ultimately resulted in his being benched this past year for McElroy last year. The Jets were able to get something out of Sanchez, but it wasn't what they were hoping for Ironically one of the picks the Jets traded to the Browns was then traded to the Buccaneers who wound up selecting Josh Freeman with it. Wouldn't Jet fans love to have him now?
The Jets also gave up three picks to choose Shonn Greene in the third round. While Greene has two 1,000 yard seasons under his belt, he hasn't had as much of an impact as his stats suggest. He isn't explosive, can't catch, doesn't break tackles and lacks vision. His longest run in four years has been 36 yards, unacceptable for a number-one running back. As long as he is in the backfield the Jets will remain an average team.
The third and final pick of the Jets in this draft was actually a good find. Matt Slauson has started 48 games in four years, providing the Jets with a reliable option at left guard.
As I said, the Jets got three starters in this draft, but none have been great. The fact that they gave up so much to pick these players brings the grade of this draft down. While the picks they gave away may not have made a significant impact, it definitely affected the depth of the team.
All in all, it could have been worse, but due to Sanchez's questionable future, it wasn't great.