New York Jets GM's Inaugural NFL Drafts: A Look Back

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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:

December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) smiles on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

1 16 Santana Moss WR Miami (Fla.)
2 49 LaMont Jordan RB Maryland
3 79 Kareem McKenzie T Penn State
4 101 Jamie Henderson DB Georgia
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:

Nov 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) gets set to snap the ball to quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the first half of their game against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

1 4 D’Brickashaw Ferguson T Virginia
1 29 Nick Mangold C Ohio State
2 49 Kellen Clemens QB Oregon
3 76 Anthony Schlegel LB Ohio State
3 97 Eric Smith DB Michigan State
4 103 Brad Smith WR Missouri
4 117 Leon Washington RB Florida State
5 150 Jason Pociask TE Wisconsin
6 189 Drew Coleman CB Texas Christian
7 220 Titus Adams DT Nebraska

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.

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