Mark Sanchez was the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft. He was supposed to be the future of the New York Jets. He was supposed to bring the team and its fans glory. After guiding the team to AFC championship games in each of his first two seasons, all he did was disappoint.
Sanchez regressed the following two seasons, committing an NFL-high 52 turnovers over that stretch. It couldn’t have helped him with no weapons and some horrible play-calling, but he still looked awful. And now the Jets are stuck with him for at least one more year, no thanks to former general manager Mike Tannenbaum giving Sanchez a contract extension.
Thanks to that extension, Sanchez is guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013. Whether he earns that money as a starter, or a backup remains to be seen; the embattled quarterback may not even be on the roster.
With the 2013 NFL Draft right around the corner, it would make sense for the Jets to study the incoming class of quarterbacks. One of the draft prospects the Jets have been eyeing is Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib—some of you may be thinking: who? This year’s draft class isn’t too heavy on top-notch passing talent. Not like last year’s draft.
Ryan Nassib is a good quarterback and had a decent career in Syracuse. He may still need some development but he is talented. In 2012, Nassib led the Big East in pass completions, passing yards and total touchdowns. He completed 62 percent of his passes, threw for 3,753 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has good arm strength to make throws into tight windows and can make plays while on the run. He’s great with the play-action and is also a good quick-passer—which may work well with Mornhinweg’s west coast offense. The quarterback is slow but he does have good feet around the pocket.
Nassib is known, though, to sail footballs over the head of receivers, and his decision-making at times is questionable. He also need to work on his accuracy on longer passes.
Nassib is a good enough quarterback to lead an offense, but isn’t the type of quarterback to push the offense to the max without some help around him (sound familiar?). He may be effective under Mornhinweg’s system, but at the same time, so can Sanchez.
The quarterback is definitely not worth drafting with the ninth overall pick that the Jets have. But may be a good developmental project if he’s around in the later rounds.