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The '09 draft: The 'Chez stands alone

The 2009 draft class won't be remembered as a great one, that's for sure. In an analysis of the '09 class, ESPN's John Clayton notes that only 60 draft picks remain with their original teams, including a shockingly low number at the top of the draft.

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

#6 QB
New York Jets

2012 STATS

  • Att453
  • Comp246
  • Yds2883
  • TD13
  • Int18
  • Rat66.9

Looking at it from a Jets angle, only one player (QB Mark Sanchez) remains from a three-man class. The other two, RB Shonn Greene (Titans) and G Matt Slauson (Bears) left this offseason via free agency.

That may not seem like a lot of bang for the buck, but former GM Mike Tannenbaum correctly determined it wasn't a particularly deep draft. That's why he didn't mind trading picks for targeted players, a prime example of his quality-over-quantity approach. To trade up for Sanchez and Greene, the Jets dealt away five picks -- first-, second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-rounders.

Sanchez (first round) and Greene (third), whom they gave a first-round grade, haven't lived up to expectations, but they were valuable members of two playoff teams. Ditto, Slauson (sixth). Funny story behind the drafting of Slauson: Without a pick in the fourth and fifth round, the decision-makers used the time to study extra tape of potential sixth-round picks. They didn't like any of the prospects. They never got around to watching extra Slauson tape, which, they later joked, may have been the reason they picked him.