New York Jets Final Draft Report Card

The Jets will soon rue the day they drafted Ohio State junior Vernon Gholston. TE Dustin Keller has proven to be an up the seam threat, but is not an effective blocker at the point. Dwight Lowery is a credible back up corner. Erik Ainge and Marcus Henry don't figure to be Jets much longer.

New York Jets Grade - B- NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
5 1 Sanchez, Mark QB USC 6021v 227v 4.95v 1.120
65 3 Greene, Shonn RB Iowa 5104v 227v 4.66v 1.330
193 6 Slauson, Matt OG Nebraska 6050v 316v 5.31v 1.900

Although the Jets had just three selections in the 2009 draft, the consciences among team officials is that they were able to trade up and select the top quarterback in land in Mark Sanchez. Now I hate to rain on their parade, but I want the fans of the green and white to answer the following questions; Why is it that the top QB in the country started just one season at the collegiate level? If he had been the QB and had put up comparable numbers at Indiana St, West Point or Louisiana-Monroe this past season, would we be having this conversation? And finally how many adverse situations did Sanchez actually encounter during his only season as a starter? His club was a favorite in all 13 played by USC during the 2008 season and he had a far better supporting cast surrounding him. Look, I personally liked what I saw at his school workout, but a workout in shorts on air is decidedly different then looking at a third and sixteen, trailing by eleven on a cold November afternoon in Pittsburgh! He has a chance to develop into something special, but before we canonize this young man and start calling him the next Joe Namath, I'd be a little careful about putting too much pressure on a rookie signal caller. I might be dating myself, but I kind of remember a similar level of enthusiasm for a couple of former Jets top round selections at the QB position by the name of Richard Todd and Browning Nagle. Shonn Greene is a great looking (jacked up) running back with strength and power. I was to say the least surprised by his lack of speed (had few problems turning the corner and running away from people in the Big Ten and he broke a tremendous amount of initial hits. The only obvious negative I saw during my evaluation was the fact that he really didn't catch and adjust to the ball down the field (not natural) With only three selection, the Jets addressed their most important critical need, but ignored another position that desperately needs to be upgraded; the wide receiver position.

BEST IN 3 YEARS: Shonn Greene
OVERRATED: Mark Sanchez
UNDERRATED: Shonn Greene
PROJECT: Matt Slauson
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Southerland, Brannan

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