By Jordan Aaron
Draft day is always an interesting day for myself. I wake up at 6:45 with an optimistic excitement – I talk to my friends telling them whom I think should be picked and they tell me that I’m wrong.
At about noon, I start second-guessing myself, because as we all know, we are watching the Jets. This is the team that drafted Ken O’Brien instead of Dan Marino – the team that skipped out on Frank Gore, Vincent Jackson and Justin tuck for a kicker in Mike Nugent. In the blood of the franchise, picking players is, for some reason, the hardest thing for them to do.
So here I am at 10:05 on a Thursday night, complaining as to why the first pick really needs ten minutes – it’s not like their pick got swiped and they had to rethink their strategy and it’s not as if a team that wanted the trade wouldn’t have traded by then. But not so soon after, at around 9:15, the Jets are up. The Raiders who for some reason might be in market for a quarterback didn’t pick Geno Smith, and the Bills who are in serious need for a quarterback trade out to the Rams, I thought it was a sure thing that the Jets were drafting Geno.
Now I’m not going to say I was too disappointed to get a replacement to Darelle Revis. I do however think the Jets could have gotten a corner back deeper in the draft. But I calmed down and figured, as long as the Raiders don’t take him, we will get Geno. Along comes pick number 13. I see Roger Goodell walk out, getting booed (as usual – am I right?)
I couldn’t help but think of The Producers and the Dupree scene where Roger Dupree’s “companion” says, “Here come Rogaaa!” I swear I saw his lips say Geno Smith while he was saying Sheldon Richardson. Not to bring up another sport but that came out of left field – and I mean the bleachers. I did, however, notice a pattern with John Idzik. The Seahawks are primarily a defensive team.
Besides Russell Wilson, their offense is a one-man brick wall in Marshawn Lynch. Now, I figured that Idzik was building his defense and the mobile quarterback would be drafted later on. I was right.
At around 7:05 on Friday night, I finally heard guest presenter, Wayne Chrebet, say Geno Smith’s name. I jumped up screaming – I got my guy. So at the time of this article, rumors are swirling of the Jets supporting Tim Tebow and David Garrard and a Mark Sanchez cut. My Friday night just kept on improving.
In my opinion, Sanchez is done and Tebow will be gone. David Garrard will be the mentor to Geno Smith that Mark Brunell was for Mark Sanchez. All we need now are a few more linemen to go along with new Jet, Brian Winters, a running back (unless they choose to stick with newly acquired Michael Goodson and Chris Ivory) and a tight end, which we will presumably be drafting in later rounds.
So, what do you think? Did the Jets make the right move? Should they have drafted two defenders in the first round? Is Mark Sanchez’s Jets career over? Let us know in the comments.