In the second installment of our look back series at the last five years of NFL Drafts for the New York Jets we take a look at the 2009 draft class. Now former general manager Mike Tannenbaum lived up to his nickname of "Trader Mike" on this day as the Jets wound up with only three draft choices. Last week we profiled the 2009 NFL Draft.
Those three selections in the 2009 NFL Draft were the results of trades with the Cleveland Browns to get the fifth pick overall and Detroit Lions to move up to the top of round three. Here are the New York Jets draftees again for those who may not recall:
1st Round/5th overall: Mark Sanchez/QB, USC: in the year following the adding of Brett Favre the Jets were looking towards the future at quarterback and moved up to grab him.
3rd Round/65th overall: Shonn Greene/RB, Iowa: also looking towards the future, with Thomas Jones coming off a Pro Bowl year, they add a sizeable straight ahead runner.
6th Round/193rd overall: Matt Slauson/OG, Nebraska: with the center and tackles solidified the Jets add Slauson to help improve the run game and provide pass protection for Sanchez, who would become the starter at the end of the preseason.
Early on all of these draftees paid off handsomely for the New York Jets as Mark Sanchez would lead the team to consecutive AFC Championships following the 2009 and 2010 seasons. For Shonn Greene, while he didn't start right away at running back he did contribute back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns in 2011 and 2012. Playing in between two Pro Bowl athletes such as D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold, Matt Slauson learned a lot and solidified the left side of the line.
Now as we take stock of the impact of these three players, only one remains with the Jets: quarterback Mark Sanchez. He still may not be long for the club past 2013 after the Jets drafted Geno Smith. If you assessed this draft class after 2010 you might have given it a grade of A-, considering all Sanchez had done, but with Greene still having yet to really break through. Now, after four years with Sanchez regressing, Greene in Tennessee and Slauson in Chicago we'd have to change the grade to D.
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