Terry Bradway took over for Bill Parcells as general manager in 2001. People have a lot of mixed feelings about Bradway, so let’s see how he did with his first draft:
|1||16||Santana Moss||WR||Miami (Fla.)|
|3||79||Kareem McKenzie||T||Penn State|
|7||206||James Reed||DT||Iowa State|
|7||217||Tupe Peko||G||Michigan State|
This actually wasn’t the worst class ever either. Kareem McKenzie has been in the league for quite a while, although not in the Green and White. Santana Moss is a very talented wide receiver, and LaMont Jordan had the goods, just not a chance to play here behind Curtis Martin.
And finally, our good buddy Mike Tannenbaum took over the draft room in 2006. For all of his faults, he wasn’t all bad. Look at his first draft:
|1||29||Nick Mangold||C||Ohio State|
|3||76||Anthony Schlegel||LB||Ohio State|
|3||97||Eric Smith||DB||Michigan State|
|4||117||Leon Washington||RB||Florida State|
|6||189||Drew Coleman||CB||Texas Christian|
See? Aside from Kellen Clemens, this was a particularly good draft class, and one we have to give our new GM at the time, Mike Tannenbaum, credit for. So like we said, a mixed bag of drafts from the recent first year general managers. Some were excellent, some were middle of the road. You never know, as Mike’s class was actually better than the class chosen by Bill Parcells. We will get to meet John Idzik’s group soon enough.