We have talked a lot about how we are lucky to have John Idzik. Why? Because he will be able to build the Jets in the mold of the newly crowned champion Seahawks. He was there, he saw how it worked, he can replicate it with the New York Jets.
Well, now that Idzik is free of the cap restraints put on him by Mike Tannenbaum, and can really start putting together this team, let’s look back at the draft history of the Seattle Seahawks, during John Idzik’s time with the team. He may not have been the general manager, but he was certainly a part of the process.
Let’s start with his first season, 2007:
|4||120||Baraka Atkins||DE||Miami (Fla.)|
|4||124||Mansfield Wrotto||G||Georgia Tech|
|7||232||Steve Vallos||T||Wake Forest|
The first thing to notice is how the Seahawks stockpiled draft picks. Even without a first round pick, the team had multiple picks throughout the draft. John Idzik said that the draft will be the “lifeline” of the team. With this type of experience, there is no reason to believe otherwise, which is a great sign.
Now to review the draft. You had your misses, like Baraka Atkins and Courtney Taylor. With eight picks, you are never going to have them all be successful long-term. But the flip side is that with that many picks, you are likely to have SOME successes.
In walks the third round pick, number 85 overall, Brandon Mebane.
He currently is still on the roster, and has started nearly every game since his selection in 2007. Brandon has been a consistent force in the middle of the Seahawks’ defensive line, with 40-50 tackles every season.
The moral of the story is that when you have enough choices, you will be successful with at least one of the players. The more picks you have, the easier it will be to develop your team for sustainable success.