There are different levels of winners every year in the first round of the NFL Draft, but you can't convince me that anyone hit the grand slam of the day quite like the New York Jets did on Saturday.
The reason is simple:
Some might say that the Jets gave up a boatload to move up 12 spots and pick Sanchez with the selection that previously belonged to the Cleveland Browns. Three players -- including second-year quarterback
It was probably a very shrewd deal for the Browns, and set them up nicely to trade down twice more in the first round and acquire a bevy of selections. But it was an out-and-out great move for the Jets, because in Sanchez, New York's quarterback problems went a long way toward being solved. Maybe not immediately, because the ex-Trojan is just a junior and could need a redshirt season of sorts as an NFL rookie. But soon, and likely for a long time.
Juxtapose what the Jets did last year at quarterback, giving up what amounted to be a third-round pick to Green Bay for one rollercoaster-like season of
Sanchez is a winner in all of this too, because if you're going to hit it big as an NFL quarterback, would you and your wallet rather do it in New York or Seattle? True, he would have had more time to develop with the Seahawks, who can ride
But who's to say that the Jets can't live with
Nothing's a given when you're drafting a quarterback in the first round in the NFL. The best-laid plans very often don't work out (see Carr, David). But Sanchez was a gamble worth taking, and New York didn't let the price of doing business keep it from seizing the moment. For a team looking for its next savior at quarterback since the moment Joe Namath left for Los Angeles, Saturday was a very good day.
A quick dose of some other winners (and losers) from this year's draft:
-- Washington quarterback
-- Green Bay nose tackle
-- Ratliff and Clemens are losers in the short term, because with Sanchez becoming a Jet, their best shot to start somewhere in the NFL this season might have just evaporated.
-- The 49ers were winners, because
-- The Vikings were losers, because I think they're going rue the day they selected Florida receiver
• I'll give him this much: Chiefs general manager
• Just wondering, but what does
Guess the league didn't agree.
• Funny how quickly perceptions can change in the NFL. On Friday I listened as
On the bright side, going 38th overall to Cincinnati means Maualuga gets reunited with ex-USC fellow linebacker
• I love it. Miami, the original Wildcat Formation team, takes West Virginia's
• If you're the Oakland Raiders, it must be so frustrating to know you're the smartest team in the league, but not have your won-loss record show it. Other than having an undeserved superiority complex, how else do you explain taking the less than polished
Harvin was a win-now at all costs type of pick, and the folks in Minnesota's front office know it.
• The jury may still be a long way out on Stafford, but the Lions just got a whole lot better with Oklahoma State tight end
• I like Missouri's
• Wow, two first-round centers taken in Cal's
• Baltimore loved both Maualuga and Rutgers receiver
• Some might have been surprised to see Connecticut running back
Moreno went 12th to Denver. Brown went 27th to Indianapolis, a great spot for him in that he'll be sharing work with
• The Patriots picking Oregon safety