Daddy, Where do Jets Come From?
By Alan Schechter
June 12, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan throws a pass during New York Jets Minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
You know how kids go up to their parents and ask where babies come from? Well, the question posed above is not nearly as awkward. It does have some interesting answers though.
Take a look at this, courtesy of Rich Cimini. It’s a look at what round of the draft the Jets current roster was picked in. The starters are in bold, and if they were picked by another team, that team is noted. Take a look:
DE Quinton Coples (2012) CB Antonio Cromartie (Chargers, 2006) LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson (2006) WR Santonio Holmes (Steelers, 2006) TE Dustin Keller (2008) S LaRon Landry (Redskins, 2007) C Nick Mangold (2006) LB Aaron Maybin (Bills, 2009) LB Calvin Pace (Cards, 2003) CB Darrelle Revis (2007) QB Mark Sanchez (2009) QB Tim Tebow (Broncos, 2010) LB Bryan Thomas (2002) DE Muhammad Wilkerson (2011) CB Kyle Wilson (2010)
OL Vladimir Ducasse (2010) LB David Harris (2007) WR Stephen Hill (2012)
LB Demario Davis (2012) NT Kenrick Ellis (2011) RB Shonn Greene (2009) RT Wayne Hunter (Seahawks, 2003) NT Sione Pouha (2005) S Eric Smith (2006) WR Patrick Turner (Dolphins, 2009)
RB Joe McKnight (2010) RB Bilal Powell (2011)
FB John Conner (2010) WR Jeremy Kerley (2011) DE Jay Richardson (Raiders, 2007) LB Ricky Sapp (Eagles, 2010)
S Yeremiah Bell (Dolphins, 2003) S Josh Bush (2012) PK Nick Folk (Cowboys, 2007) RB Terrance Ganaway (2012) G Robert T. Griffin (2012) G Caleb Schlauderaff (Packers, 2011) G Matt Slauson (2009)
S Antonio Allen (2012) PK Josh Brown (Seahawks, 2003) CB Ellis Lankster (Bills, 2009) QB Greg McElroy (2011) WR Scotty McKnight (2011) WR Chaz Schilens (Raiders, 2008) WR Jordan White (2012)
Turn the page for some opinions.
First of all, Mike Tannenbaum’s ability to wheel and deal is shown as you look at this list. Go through it, and there are a lot of guys that have another team next to their names. A lot of Jets players are trades and free agents, and that is evidenced by this list.
The best choices that the Jets have made have been in the first three rounds, which is to be expected. You don’t often get a Tom Brady, who was chosen in the 6th round. The Jets have 2 late round starters on the roster, John Conner who was picked in round 5, and Matt Slauson who was picked in round six.
It’s interesting to note that their is only one starter on the team from the second round, although that might change with Stephen Hill. As of now, the only drafted starter from the second round is David Harris. It’s not surprising, though, if you look through Jets history. Some of their bigger blunders have been in the second round. This round has yielded players like Browning Nagle, Ryan Yarborough, Alex Van Dyke and Dorian Boose. Not good.
Just thought it was interesting to note how the roster is composed. Thanks to Rich Cimini for the list.