New York Jets: Top 10 Draft Picks Since the Year 2000: #6

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Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets tackle Vladimir Ducasse (62) stretches prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen, the guy to the right is not going to be part of this countdown.

Vladimir Ducasse is a prime example of the other end of the Jets’ draft spectrum, knows as the “bust”. I am not talking about the type of bust that is received when entering the Hall of Fame. I am talking about bust in the, “we had high hopes for the player but he stinks”, that type of bust. Vladimir would go on a “worst draft pick” countdown.

So we aren’t talking about him today.

Instead, we continue our countdown of the top 10 draft picks by the team since the year 2000. So far we have gone through:

10- David Harris
09- Mark Sanchez
08- Laveranues Coles
07- Shaun Ellis

Now, for the number 6th top draft pick for the Jets since the year 2000.  He’s another one that, like Sanchez, has caused a bit of a divide between the fans.  Some loved this guy, some wanted him out.  One thing that is undeniable is this player’s performance while in a Jets’ uniform.  The number 6th choice is………….

CHAD PENNINGTON

Now you might, and understandably so, say that this is a tough choice to make, simply because of how often Chad was injured.  It certainly is a point that is well taken, I mean has any quarterback hit worse luck with injuries than Chad Pennington?  It’s not often you call a guy’s injuries “unfair”, but for Chad, you really could call it unfair, just simply because of the quality of a person he is, he didn’t deserve his career to go the way it did.

But, instead of dwelling on how he was injured fairly often, look at his performance overall, when he was healthy.  First, here are his career NFL stats:

Season Team Passing Rushing Fumbles
G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2010 Miami Dolphins 1             1 1 2 50.0 19 9.5 0 0 0 0 83.3
2009 Miami Dolphins 3             3 51 74 68.9 413 5.6 1 2 6 32 76.0 3 7 2.3 0 3 2
2008 Miami Dolphins 16 16 321 476 67.4 3,653 7.7 19 7 24 121 97.4 30 62 2.1 1 3 1
2007 New York Jets 9             8 179 260 68.8 1,765 6.8 10 9 26 178 86.1 20 32 1.6 1 5 0
2006 New York Jets 16             16 313 485 64.5 3,352 6.9 17 16 30 172 82.6 35 109 3.1 0 7 4
2005 New York Jets 3             3 49 83 59.0 530 6.4 2 3 9 52 70.9 6 27 4.5 0 8 2
2004 New York Jets 13             13 242 370 65.4 2,673 7.2 16 9 18 103 91.0 34 126 3.7 1 5 2
2003 New York Jets 10             9 189 297 63.6 2,139 7.2 13 12 25 160 82.9 21 42 2.0 2 8 2
2002 New York Jets 15             12 275 399 68.9 3,120 7.8 22 6 22 135 104.2 29 49 1.7 2 2 1
2001 New York Jets 2             0 10 20 50.0 92 4.6 1 0 1 8 79.6 1 11 11.0 0
2000 New York Jets 1             0 2 5 40.0 67 13.4 1 0 1 4 127.1 1 0 0.0 0
TOTAL 1,632 2,471 66.0 17,823 7.2 102 64 162 965 90.1 180 465 2.6 7 41 14

 

You see?  Even just taking his career statistics from an overall perspective, it is pretty damn good.  102 TDs vs 64 INTs is the anti-Sanchez, no matter how you feel about Mark.  Chad may not have had as big of an arm as Sanchez, but Chad was always accurate.  He wouldn’t be caught throwing into triple coverage, he always would find the right guy.  There is no better evidence of that, than the fact that Chad Pennington holds the all time lead in completion percentage.

Before we move to the next page, take one thing into account.  2002, 2004, and 2006, were the three seasons with the Jets that Chad Pennington did not encounter any injury problems.  What else do those three seasons have in common?  The Jets were in the playoffs every year.  That says something about your starting quarterback.

Will talk about toughness on the next page.

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  • http://twitter.com/GoshCarter Josh Carter

    I strongly disagree that Sanchez is a top 10 draft pick, he’s much more of a bust than Ducasse to me. He’s #5 overall, we traded up for him, now we wish we could cut him. Ducasse was a late 2nd rounder and is showing some improvement and still has a chance to step up. I can name 10 picks since 2007 that are better than Sanchez, let alone 2000

    • TheJetPress

      I figured I would get people disagreeing with me on Sanchez, I am not surprised. I am a big Mark backer, but your argument makes sense. Have to get people talking, you know?

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