Jets Mike Tannenbaum Draft Successes


Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

This afternoon, and with the draft rapidly approaching, we take a look back. Mike Tannenbaum has been our GM, and therefore leading our draft war room, since 2006. Today, we take a look back at the successful picks Mike Tannenbaum has made for us. Page ahead, one player per page, and re-live the memories.

Dec 24 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) rests against the New York Giants during the first quarter at the MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

2006 was a great year for Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets, and this guy was one of the reasons. Nick Mangold, a perennial Pro Bowler, is the anchor of the offensive line.

Dec 04, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle D

D’Brickashaw Ferguson was also picked in the first round of the 2006 draft, and has been a staple on the left side.

Aug 16, 2010; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets receiver Brad Smith (16) is unable to catch a pass while defended by New York Giants defensive back Aaron Ross (31) during the preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tony Kurdzuk/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

The fourth round in 2006 gave the Jets Brad Smith. He proved to be an asset running the “Wildcat”, as well as a dangerous kick returner.

Aug 29, 2009; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Leon Washington (29) turns the corner during first half action against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Until a broken leg ended his career with the New York Jets, Leon Washington was as dangerous as they come, especially in the return game.

December 4, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) stands on the field during warm-ups prior to the Jets game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Jets won 34-19. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets traded up to the 14th pick of the 2007 draft, trading with the Carolina Panthers. The result? Some guy named Revis. Is there any more to be said? I think not.

Dec 24, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) runs with the ball after intercepting a pass from New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (not pictured) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Jets 29-14. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

David Harris came on the scene in 2007 in the second round, and has been a team leader at the linebacker spot. With 358 tackles, 19.5 sacks and 6 INTs, his play on the field has reflected the same.

Nov. 27, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) reacts after completing a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Jets defeat the Bills, 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The 2008 draft yielded Dustin Keller on the second round, and he has been a favorite target of every quarterback he has played with. He has recorded 213 receptions, 2,559 yards and 15 TDs.

Jan.1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Let’s not forget Mark Sanchez, who led the Jets to 2 AFC championship games, and 4 road playoff wins after the Jets traded up to get him in the first round in 2009.

Dec 24, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Shonn Greene came around in the third round of the 2009 draft, and has made some clutch playoff runs, as well as his first 1,000 yard season in 2011.

Oct 17, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive back Kyle Wilson (20) comes in to tackle Miami Dolphins wide receiver Roberto Wallace (18) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

After being drafted in the first round in 2010, Kyle Wilson has gained an expanding role in the Jets defensive backfield.

Jan 1, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Marvin Mitchell (50) tries to tackle New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

The fifth round in 2011 yielded Jeremy Kerley, who gained an increased role in both the return game and as a slot wide receiver, where he made 29 catches in 2011.

Don’t forget first round pick in 2011 Muhammed Wilkerson, who also expanded his role in 2011, playing on the defensive line.

Hopefully, Mike Tannenbaum and company can continue this success in 2012.