NY Jets Draft: Risky Business

Micky WoosleyContributor IMay 1, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 20:  (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY MANIPULATED) Bart Scott of the New York Jets poses for a portrait on April 20, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

While the Jets made some good offseason acquisitions with Bart Scott and Lito Sheppard, the success of their draft is yet to be seen.

Most everyone is lauding their draft as a success and touting Mark Sanchez as the next Joe Namath. For what the Jets gave up in the draft for two of the players they selected, they better hope these guys pan out. 

Everyone is giving the Jets high grades on their draft with the conclusion that the draftees will pan out.

But what if they don't?

They may end up looking like Mike Ditka did wearing the Ricky Williams dreadlocks wig. Also, I don't see how you can give someone an A+ draft grade for getting three players—two of which were in later rounds (third and sixth).

The Jets gave up on Chad Pennington and one of the big reasons why was his weak arm. However, he won eleven games with the Dolphins last year and looked pretty good. Now, the Jets draft another quarterback who doesn't have a strong arm.


The Jets traded up to the No. 5 spot in the draft to get Sanchez. Cleveland got DE Kenyon Coleman, QB Brett Ratliff, and DB AbramElam, as well as Jets' No. 17 and second round pick. 

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Okay...that's five players Cleveland got so the Jets could select Mark Sanchez. Seems pretty risky to me but it could pan out...and hopefully for the Jets will.

They also traded and got the first selection in the third round and picked RB Shonn Greene out of Iowa. They gave up their third (#76), fourth (#115), and seventh (#228) round picks to Detroit in the trade. Three more players for one....hmm.

Finally they ended their draft by selecting offensive guard Matt Slauson in the sixth round.

Now I'm not saying any of these guys aren't good. I'm just saying if they don't pan out, the Jets gave away much of their draft and three players for nothing.

Remember the old saying, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket?" Looks like the Jets tried that with this draft.

Another thing that I look at when determining whether I think a draft was good is the immediate impact the players will have.

If Sachez starts and is successful, then the Jets did OK. Barring injuries I don't see Shonn Greene making much of an impact this season.

The Jets had quite a few holes to fill and didn't seem to get it done. It will be hard to actually grade the Jets draft until after the upcoming season or maybe two down the road.

At this time I'm very skeptical about their draft, but hopefully the guys will pan out for them. If not, they have a huge pile of money invested in Sanchez since he was the fifth overall pick. 

Did Sanchez get drafted so high because of his looks and charisma, or because of his play on the football field? Will we find out this season?

Yet another risk taken by the Jets by thinking they will get a huge contribution from a rookie QB.

Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco were in ideal situations, and Flacco wouldn't have started right away if not for injuries.

Rookie QB's rarely have success in the NFL. We'll find out soon if the Jets draft was a boom or only a bit of risky business.

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