As the Jets prepare for the big night, April 25th, we have been taking a look back. Specifically, we are looking back on draft classes of the recent past, and giving them a grade.
Tonight, we are continuing the trip down memory lane, as we take a look at the 2007 draft class. It was another Tanny special, as they only had four picks. However, it was a little anti-Tanny, in that these four picks were actually profitable. Take a look, to jog your memory:
|6||177||Jacob Bender||T||Nicholls State|
See? It may have been only 4 picks, but when three out of four make the team, that’s a pretty good job.
We don’t even have to talk about Darrelle. Despite his attitude regarding money, his value as a football player is unquestioned.
Then we have David Harris. Despite the fact that he has slowed over the years, he has been one of the most consistent Jets defenders. Here are his career stats:
|2012||New York Jets||16||16||123||79||44||3.0||–||3||–||–||0.0||–||–||1|
|2011||New York Jets||16||16||86||65||21||5.0||0||8||4||55||13.8||35T||1||0|
|2010||New York Jets||16||16||99||69||30||3.0||–||3||–||–||0.0||–||–||1|
|2009||New York Jets||16||16||127||82||45||5.5||–||3||2||24||12.0||14||0||2|
|2008||New York Jets||11||11||75||52||23||1.0||–||1||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
|2007||New York Jets||16||9||127||90||37||5.0||–||3||–||–||0.0||–||–||2|
David Harris has not been a flashy football player, but, with 3 seasons, and nearly 4, with over 100 tackles, he has certainly played at or above the level of the 47th pick overall.
The only complete mis-step of the draft was Jacob Bender, who was chosen in the 6th round, but only played in 2 games in the league, both for the Jets. That is not unsual though, coming from a 6th round pick.
Chansi Stuckey, chosen on the 7th round, was a productive player as a 3rd/4th wide receiver in 2008, with 32 receptions for 359 yards and 3 TDs. He only was around the Jets for 4 games in 2009, but still, they did get a bit of production from a 7th round pick.
Due to the play of Revis and Harris, being so good for so long, I am going to give this class a B+. If Stuckey had been around a bit longer, that for me would have pushed the grade up to an “A“.