Originally Posted by C Mart
You guys make it seem like the guy picked will be the same player for 10 yrs in the NFL. The player selection is just the beginning of their NFL career. How that player progresses or regresses is dependent on many factors with one major factor being how he is taught, coached, instilled with discipline, developed, and used by the coaching staff.
Overall, it's quite evident under Rex's watch the Jets players have underperformed and in many cases regressed.
You raise an interesting point, but you neglect to point out these two truths that reflect poorer on the GM than HC:
1) We have had less draft picks than every other team in the last 5 years. This forces the Jets to load up on UDFA's and play in the bargain bin for post-camp cuts. For every Mike DeVito, you have 10 Donovan Warrens and Caleb Schlauderaffs.
2) We have drafted more "project" picks than nearly other team, whether they were raw coming out of college or played at a small school: Kyle Wilson, Vlad Ducasse, Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Stephen Hill, Demario Davis. All of these guys were drafted in the first three rounds!! This is borderline absurd. Sure, some pan out and have high upside, but when you draft so many of these guys, you're going to have a high percentage of busts.
These two truths prove that Tannenbaum does a horrible job of playing the percentages and weighing risk/reward and floor/ceiling. Expecting Rex to turn all these projects, way more than any team has, is a little unrealistic and foolish IMO.
And I haven't even addressed his fecklessness when it comes to replacing aging productive offensive players. High priced Faneca and Woody were surrounded by upcoming stars on the cheap like D'Brick and Mangold. Now we have high priced D'Brick and Mangold surrounded by a 6th round JAG in Slauson and another team's UDFA in Austin Howard. That blade falls on Tanny's head, not Rex's.