The '09 draft: The 'Chez stands alone

May, 28, 2013
The 2009 draft class won't be remembered as a great one, that's for sure. In an analysis of the '09 class, ESPN's John Clayton notes that only 60 draft picks remain with their original teams, including a shockingly low number at the top of the draft.

Looking at it from a Jets angle, only one player (QB Mark Sanchez) remains from a three-man class. The other two, RB Shonn Greene (Titans) and G Matt Slauson (Bears) left this offseason via free agency.

That may not seem like a lot of bang for the buck, but former GM Mike Tannenbaum correctly determined it wasn't a particularly deep draft. That's why he didn't mind trading picks for targeted players, a prime example of his quality-over-quantity approach. To trade up for Sanchez and Greene, the Jets dealt away five picks -- first-, second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-rounders.

Sanchez (first round) and Greene (third), whom they gave a first-round grade, haven't lived up to expectations, but they were valuable members of two playoff teams. Ditto, Slauson (sixth). Funny story behind the drafting of Slauson: Without a pick in the fourth and fifth round, the decision-makers used the time to study extra tape of potential sixth-round picks. They didn't like any of the prospects. They never got around to watching extra Slauson tape, which, they later joked, may have been the reason they picked him.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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