NFL Draft Day Headline


Published: April 27, 2009


... pounce for Trojan star quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets now have their franchise quarterback. The trade works for the Cleveland Browns, which swapped its fifth pick with the Jets. The team avoided the big money guaranteed contracts that top ten picks command in the NFL, holding tight to that loot for signing other players down the line. The Browns' strategy today is to keep trading down and collect more picks because they've got a lot of holes to fill; this is very smart and cost-efficient. The new Browns brain trust is already earning its money.

The Jets needed a franchise quarterback in a bad way, and probably made the big move up to fifth to beat the Washington Redskins—who were also in the market for a starting signal caller. Sanchez is a big time player who commandeered So Cal's dazzling pro style offense to a 12-1 record. USC's offense more than prepares its quarterbacks for the NFL and the fact that Sanchez excelled in that sophisticated offense, show...

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