5 Ways the New York Jets Can Break My Heart in the 2009 NFL Draft

Angel Navedo@NamedAngelSenior Writer IApril 24, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 30:  New York Jets fan Ed Anzalone fires up the crowd against the Denver Broncos on November 30, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mock drafts, Google News searches, RSS feeds, and all of my bookmarked sports' sites have given me a lot of the same.

When it comes down to the Jets' 17th pick, everyone is absolutely clueless. That's not intended to be a harsh criticism of any writers out there. It's simply the truth.

Everyone is working tirelessly to scratch up any bit of news, and everything has ultimately come down to a "Jets will do this, but might do that," assessment. This tail-chasing game is tiring.

It's my feeling that the first round is overrated enough as is. The Jets hit the jackpot with Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold. Dustin Keller also looks like he could be the real deal.

But when there are stars on this team like Leon Washington, Kerry Rhodes, and Jerricho Cotchery, I can't help but feel like the Jets' true magic hour comes in the middle rounds.

However, regardless of how tired I am, and how badly I want this weekend to be over, there are a few things the Jets can do to aggravate me to no end.

1. Mortgage the draft to move up too high

I do believe Mark Sanchez has grown on most fans over the last few weeks. He's charismatic, every report says he can make all the throws, and scouts are saying he looks to be able to adapt to the pro-style smoothly. But enough to warrant a deal into the Top 5?

I'm not an expert with that ridiculous draft value chart, but any type of deal that could cost the Jets a first round pick in 2010 is not a good idea in my book.

2. Select a WR in the first round who's not named Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin

I'd like to be very clear right now: Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin are the only WRs worth taking in the first round.

Every scout, analyst, expert, and knowledgeable fan is convinced that the drop-off in talent between every prospect after those two players isn't significant enough to lean one way or another, and I'm inclined to agree.

I'm not impressed with Darrius Hayward-Bey, and I'm not interested in a multi-purpose player like Percy Harvin who can't lay off the weed for 30 days before an inevitable drug test.

Please don't take that to mean that I want a boy scout on the New York Jets; I'm only questioning his judgment skills and self-control when the opportunity he's been waiting for is right around the corner.

Aside from that, he strikes me as the typical jack of all trades, and master of none. There are better players to be had.

3. Draft another tight end in Brandon Pettigrew

He doesn't suck. But I agree with Jane McManus's assessmentof the New York Jets' tight end situation. McManus writes:

"Brandon Pettigrew would provide talent and a balance at the TE to this offense that would be unparalelled, no question. But the middle of the field is already going to be crowded with Keller, Stuckey and Cotchery who are players who can make catches in traffic. How many middle of the field players can you add to this offense?"

A blocking tight end could be undrafted, or a veteran could be picked up after team's make their June cuts.

I wouldn't completely write-off Keller as a blocker either. If he's working on his blocking ability, then all the Jets need is depth at the TE spot, not a first round investment.

4. Package the draft for Anquan Boldin

I fear I'm going to take some heat for this, but to my own heart be true. I think Boldin is an excellent receiver. He's tough, he's strong, has great hands, and makes things happen after the catch. And I do not want him.

It's exactly how I already feel about Jerricho Cotchery.

I know everything there is to know about Boldin as a player. I've seen the highlight reels, reviewed the stats, and have watched him play enough times. His 1,300-yard rookie season, six years ago, was very impressive.

But as it stands today, he's a WR who struggles to play a full season. Eric Smith inadvertently broke his face last season, and he's only young-ish.

I don't want Boldin for the same reason I don't want Pettigrew. This team doesn't need another short-route receiver. They need someone to keep the secondary on their heels.

Aside from that, this isn't Madden's franchise mode. Boldin wants a deal comparable to Fitzgerald's 4-year/$40 million extension. It's why he's wanted out of AZ for two years, and why he doesn't fit on the team, or under the cap.

5. Waste the second-day picks on projects

Since this team has done fairly well in the first two rounds over the last three years, I think we've all neglected how terrible the second day picks have been. I don't want that to happen again.

Sixth- and seventh-round gems are hard to come by. For every Marques Colston there's a thousand Jacob Bender's.

For the last few years, the Jets haven't selected true contributors. They've wasted picks on projects that struggled to make the practice squad.

If you're not going to find an average player in the final rounds, don't waste the pick on a small school scrub who has poor footwork, average upper body strength, and no chance to even play in Canada. I don't want Nate Garner 2.0.

Angel Navedo is a contributing writer to TheJetsBlog.com and the Examiner for the New York Jets. He can be reached here, or you can follow him on Twitter.


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