Radio City Music Hall is in fine form today for the 2009 NFL Draft. That’s no surprise. For the most part, it’s due to Jets fans. That’s no surprise, either.
The day’s first big trade — which as many expected would involve Mark Sanchez — brought an already vibrant crowd to a frenzy. Jets fans took it up a notch following the announcement that the Browns had traded the No. 5 overall pick. They had a collective premonition. The cheering grew louder as Sanchez appeared on the jumbo screens inside RCMH, smiling widely as he spoke on the phone, and then hit a fever pitch as he slipped on a Jets hat. This year, Jets fans came prepared with signs and horns. Well done.
The first thing that came to mind here in the pit at RCMH was the tremendous endorsement opportunities that await Sanchez in New York. The second was how he managed to find a Jets hat that quickly? Did he have a cadre of hats at his disposal, or was this a known deal ahead of time. Smells like conspiracy theory.
Since we’re all about snap judgments these days, it should be noted the fervor of Jets fans was quickly tempered when the details of the trade were announced. The Browns dealt the No. 5 overall pick in exchange for DE Kenyon Coleman, DB Abram Elam, QB Brett Ratliff, the No. 17 overall pick and the No. 52 pick. (You can check out all of trades in the draft trade tracker). As the Commissioner announced the details of the deal, the cheering quickly turned to booing.
Guess you can’t have it both ways.