Three quarterbacks were chosen in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, but only one will make a dramatic impact on his team; the big apple's own Mark Sanchez.
Although Sanchez is in the midst of a quarterback ‘competition’ of his own with the unimpressive Kellen Clemens, Sanchez is sure to come out on top by the start of the season.
Sanchez, who has wowed coaches during minicamp, has all the tools that scouts drool over: rare accuracy, legitimate NFL arm strength, strong intangibles, and mobility in the pocket.
Playing in a pro-style offense at USC, Sanchez threw for 3,207 yards with 34 touchdowns, leading the Trojans to a 12-1 record. Sanchez impressed scouts and coaches with his exceptional leadership skills and rare abilities that translated to success on the field.
The Jets traded up in the draft to nab Sanchez and have already invested $28 million guaranteed and upward of $60 million over five years to their new face of the franchise and poster boy. In a huge New York market, where the pressure is on, it would be tough for everyone involved to have Sanchez ride the pine for most of his rookie season.
Sanchez holds the edge to make more of an impact this season than his fellow first-round quarterbacks for two reason: Sanchez has the best shot to start the season, as his team's starting quarterback, and the Jets have a better supporting cast than the Lions and Buccaneers.
Even though the Jets play the seventh toughest schedule this season, Sanchez won’t need to throw the ball 30 times a game because he can hand the ball off to last years AFC leading rusher Thomas Jones. Sanchez also has the speedy Leon Washington and fellow rookie Shonn Greene in his backfield arsenal.
New head coach Rex Ryan brings an aggressive, unorthodox style of play to an underachieving defense that has talent at nearly every position. If the defense plays to their potential, the Jets will resemble last years Baltimore Ravens, who started rookie Joe Flacco and made it to the AFC Championship game.
Coach Ryan and Sanchez have once frustrated Jets fans believing they will be in the playoffs this season after last years Brett Favre failure and playoff collapse.
Sanchez already has his mind made up about where he will be when the season starts. “I feel like I’m going to be on the field and that’s what you always want to do. You don’t grow up dreaming of being a backup, so I’m going to go for it.”
Undoubtedly, Sanchez will be the Jets starting quarterback from week one and will make the bigger impact on his team than both Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman.
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