High Draft Picks and the Perception of Mark Sanchez

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Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Jets 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

We go back to a subject that continues to be a public discussion in New York. That subject? Our embattled starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. We have talked a lot about him in the past weeks, as his development is a major topic of discussion. Can he be the guy to lead this team? Is he good enough? Despite the fact that he has shown vast improvements so far this preseason, there are still a whole group of fans that aren’t buying in. “He can’t carry this team.” “He will never take this team further.” It goes on and on.

One point a reader made to me got me thinking. A reader told me that Mark Sanchez won’t win any support in NY until he lives up to his draft pick. As we know, the Jets traded up in 2009 to take Mark Sanchez with the fifth pick overall. And the reader is right, that does come with expectations. The reader was implying that Sanchez has not lived up to those expectations.

So, it is high time to go for a history lesson. Turn the page, and we go back to 1990, and look at all the quarterbacks from then until now, excluding the 2012 draft, that have been picked either at #5 or higher.

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