2009 NFL Draft: Who Should the Jets Draft.

Bill YadlonContributor IApril 17, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC passes the football during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

So, it's getting closer and closer to Christmas day for me—the 2009 NFL draft on April 25.

My New York Jets have the uncomfortable 17th pick and to me the only option is either trading up or trading down.

Some of the projected mocks have players like Percy Harvin and Josh Freeman going to the Jets, and I would not be pleased.

I am not confident Freeman will be anything, and Harvin is a giant ego with no position. I don't want to hear about this "weapon" thing. If you can't play full time at either RB or WR you're not worth a first rounder.

One guy I have been eyeing up lately is the USC QB Mark Sanchez. His stock has been skyrocketing and I am hoping with every fiber of my being that he will slip to say 12 or even lower, so the Jets can jump up and snag him.

He seems to be a very well-rounded QB with no real weakness. He strikes me as the guy who has what it takes to be a star.

I know he has little experience, but I think college experience is overrated, compared to NFL style intangibles, which I believe he has.

If Sanchez goes much earlier, say fourth to Seattle, and is not a feasible option for gang green, I would love to target another trade up for Michael Crabtree.

Don't tell me 40 times, injuries, I don't want to hear it. This is a big game WR in the mold of Fitzgerald. Mark my words—he will be a star and the Jets are in desperate need of a No. 1 wide-out.

The only player that I could see possibly getting to the Jets that I wouldn't mind them staying put for is LSU DE Tyson Jackson.

A prototypical 3-4 DE, with run stopping ability that makes him a perfect fit for the improving Jets defense.

If all the above options fail, trade down.

Going down to a late first, and being able to pick up an extra second, would not be too bad.

I am a fan of Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt, but I'm kind of torn on Darius Heyward-Bey. Use the extra second to pick up a guy like Ron Brace or LeSean McCoy.


Here’s a list of guys I like:

Mark Sanchez

Michael Crabtree

Tyson Jackson

Hakeem Nicks

Ron Brace

Benny Britt

Fiola Moala 


Here’s a list of guys I don't like:

Percy Harvin

Josh Freeman

James Laurinaitis

Derrick Williams

Beanie Wells

Michael Johnson

Vonte Davis

Brian Cushing