As I sit here at Radio City Music Hall and take in all of the pomp and circumstance that encompasses the NFL Draft, here are a few brief thoughts – more to come later – on the Jets and Giants’ early selections.
Neither team ran misdirection plays as they held true to form. Coming into this process the word was the Jets were going to make a serious play for USC QB Mark Sanchez. When it was announced that they had completed a trade with the Cleveland Browns for the Browns’ pick, the fifth overall, it was evident that Sanchez was their guy.
The rabid Jets fans expressed mixed emotions when it became official. Some were ecstatic while others chanted “OVAH-RATED.” One Jets enthusiast sporting green and white from head to toe was beyond disappointed.
This $Q#*^% guy going to be a bust,” he shouted. “Typical F’n Jets.”
But for an organization without a strong identity in a market predominated by the Giants, having Sanchez become the face of the franchise is vital. If he grows into an elite quarterback, it may turn out to be the best move the Jets have made since drafting Joe Namath.
Meanwhile, leading up to today the Giants revealed that they were strongly considering Hakeem Nicks. With the 29th pick they indeed addressed a pressing priority and snared the wide receiver from North Carolina, a strong, physical pass catcher with excellent hands.
Although Nicks has average speed for a receiver – his official time in the 40-yard dash in the NFL draft guide is 4.51 – at 6-feet, 210 pounds he should have an immediate impact on the Giants’ offense as he displayed excellent skills playing in the competitive ACC.
Sixteen spots later they stayed in the Atlantic Coast Conference and grabbed linebacker Clint Sintim from the University of Virginia with the 45th pick (second round). Give Giants GM Jerry Reese much kudos. Acquiring a wide out and strong-side linebacker who the Giants can plug in from Day 1 was the goal, and he clearly met his objectives.
It’s been a long day. Time to pack up the laptop and go home.