Jets Draft Theory: Quality over Quantity, Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene

Nick PucciContributor IApril 26, 2009

IOWA CITY, IOWA - NOVEMBER 8: Shonn Greene #23 of the Iowa Hawkeyes rushes for yards in the third quarter of play against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Kinnick Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa defeated Penn State  24-23. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

The New York Jets may have very well been one of the biggest stories for the 2009 NFL Draft.

First, the Jets started off the draft by trading Brett Ratliff, Abram Elam, Kenyon Coleman, the 17th overall pick (first round) and the 52nd overall pick (second round) for the fifth overall pick (first round) owned by Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns.

The New York Jets went on to select Mark Sanchez, who is viewed by many as the franchise QB of the future for this Jets organization. This was the only draft selection the Jets had on the first day of the draft.

Mark Sanchez has received plenty of positive remarks from scouts and coaches across the nation. Many fans have a good feeling reading about his arm, accuracy, and football knowledge.

As a matter of fact, I also believe Mark Sanchez has received much more publicity compared to the first overall pick, QB Matt Stafford.

The Jets could not end the 2009 NFL Draft without another move that garners attention. To start Day Two of the draft, the Jets traded their third, fourth, and seventh-round picks to select Iowa RB Shonn Greene with the 65th overall pick (first overall pick in the third round).

Many fans immediately questioned drafting a running back over a more urgent position, wide receiver. After looking over the situation with Thomas Jones and the potential of Greene, I started to love this pick.

Greene lead the nation with 20 touchdowns, was second in the nation with 1,850 yards (only behind Donald Brown, selected in the first round), averaged over six yards per carry (almost half a yard more per carry than Donald Brown), and was the winner of the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back each season. 

This 235-pound pick has outstanding feet, decent speed, and great endurance. Watch out for Greene being one of the steals in this draft

I would go far enough to say he may also become one of the best running backs out of  this draft class.

Greene is a good story, as well. He was ruled academically ineligible in 2007, forcing him to enroll in community college and stop playing football. He came back onto the scene in 2008 where he had to compete with five other tailbacks for the starting Iowa RB job.

He proved he was the best choice while earning his way to the top of the nation's running backs.

Overall, the Jets gave up three players and five draft picks for two rookies this draft.

The Jets followed the motto "quality over quantity" for this draft when acquiring two top-line players in Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene in the first three rounds.

Now, let's see how the Jets combine their recent free agent pick-ups, highly touted draft picks, and new coach entering the 2009 NFL season.