My first thought about this draft is that I'm pissed I'm not going. I actually got 4 tickets for this draft from a friend. But since I agreed to go to a friend's wedding (I agreed before the draft was even a thought in my mind) this Saturday, I can't go to the draft. So I gave my dad the tickets so he can be there most likely booing along with the other Jets fans.
The Jets do not have a good history at the draft. Draft day blunders include O'Brien over Marino (defensible at the time), Kyle Brady over Sapp (somewhat defensible at the time due to marijuana allegations against Sapp), trading our first round pick for a crappy TE last year (Jolley) instead of drafting a good TE with promise (Heath Miller) with that first round pick, Blair Thomas, Roger Vick, and a host of other bad picks. Check out this video montage of poor Jets draft showings.
But this year, they may have a chance to redeem themselves. Wozzy and I actually agree on who we'd like to see the Jets draft with the #4 pick overall. D'Brickashaw Ferguson
is the way to go.
I'd take this guy before Leinart in a second. First off, Leinart had a huge team in front of him. I'm not saying he's not going to be good, but you have to remember that he was playing for a stacked USC team. The one thing I like about him though is that he finds ways to win games, like the QB sneak play he pulled. But I'd still take the offensive tackle from Virginia. Its what we need. Like Wozzy said earlier, we lost a lot on the O-line and taking a guy who most agreed would've been a top-5 pick in LAST YEARS draft seems like a smart move on the Jets part.
I also like the fact that he's never been hurt. Although my father points out that Mo Lewis was also a workhorse in college, then the Jets draft him and he has major hip problems throughout his career. But I stand strong on my vote for who they should select. Lets just hope the front office feels the same way.Why not Leinart?
Now this is all my opinion. But Wozzy covered the top 10 in the draft, so I wanted to take a different angle and explain why I don't want the Jets to take Leinart. Obviously this is all moot is Houston picks Ferguson which some people (like KC Joyner
) are saying they should or if New Orleans takes him over Mario Williams.
Plain and simple, I'm not ready to give up on Pennington yet. Call me sentimental or just plain naive, but I'm not ready to give up on the kid that just 2 years ago everyone was ready to build a team around. Yes, he's had two major surgeries to his shoulder. If he was a QB that made a living throwing deep or if he was a QB whose major attribute was a strong arm, I'd say stick a fork in him. But he was never either of those things. In fact, both of those things were two critiques of his game. He was always the type of guy who thrived on placing the ball perfectly over the middle of the field or dropping a ball right over a guy's shoulder. I'm just not ready to throw away all that promise because he had two surgeries.
What happens if Chad's surgery has some kind of "Rookie Of The Year" affect on him and he starts throwing the ball 80 yards downfield or out of the stadium like Vick did in that commercial? Or more realistically, what happens if Chad's shoulder, after almost a full year of rest unlike last time, is perfectly fine? And you have to believe that if Chad shows this year that he can be affective that he'd want to restructure his contract to make big money again right upfront. Are the Jets prepared to be paying Chad, the tried-and-true QB, big money as well as paying Leinart first-round pick money on top of it?
I also cringe at all the talk about Chad being done in the NFL, not because I'm worried about it happening, but because there is hardly any of the same talk being directed about Curtis Martin. I love the guy, but he's done. He maybe had a few years left in him to split time with someone. And that's a big maybe. He looked considerably slower last year and much easier to tackle.Three Reasons I Want Ferguson
1) Even if Pennington's should is fine, the less he gets hit, the better I'll feel about his health. Surgically repaired joints usually aren't as strong as normal joints, so a hard hit could mean the end of Chad's career. Ferguson is supposed to be an excellent pass defender and it would be nice to see him protecting Chad's weakside. Franchise O-linemen don't come around very often.
2) Curtis isn't getting any younger like I said before. And I don't think Cedric Houston or Derrick Blaylock are quite ready to become full time starting NFL running backs, if they even will be. The one thing that everyone has been saying is that Ferguson is a better pass defender than run defender, but at this point, he's an upgrade as a run defender regardless.
3) The kid's from NY. Always nice to have someone who knows what the New York media is like right out of the gate. Can't hurt.
Anyway. I'll be watching the beginning of the draft from my couch and then will probably be listening to the rest of it on my way to the wedding. Hopefully the Jets don't screw this one up and take Chad Jackson with the #4 pick.Next up: Results of the draft & my dad - the insane Jets fan