Draft Day decision makers: New York Jets

New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has the final say over all personnel decisions. However Head Coach Rex Ryan is a very good evaluator of defensive talent, and his voice his listened to within the organization. Tannenbaum has been with the Jets since 1997amd took over the GM duties from Terry Bradway in 2006.

So what do we know about these guys? Well the are ultra aggressive both in free agency and on draft day. They value talent over numbers are completely willing to trade up to land big talent, and give up late round draft picks to do so. They have had a lot of success with this strategy landing such notable Jets players as Mark Sanchez, Shonn Green, and Darrelle Revis.

So over the last five years the Jets have a slightly above average grade in the draft. In each of the last three drafts they have traded up to get the player they want. We also know that the Jets favor players from schools in the BCS. Tannenbaum has made 23 picks in the last four years and 20 of them have come from BCS schools. The Jets tend to view smaller school players as undrafted free agents.

In that time frame they have made 31 draft picks, and have produced two pro bowlers. Eight of those picks are starters, while 11 more are backups. Twelve of them are either out of the league or playing for other teams. All in all that is pretty good.

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