You're right, I exaggerated a bit for effect. It was still a heckuva stretch on the Jets' part. I think they honestly felt they could turn him into a very good if not great NFL QB, & they started the right (i.e., the Ravens) way: stellar defense & good running game, let him manage the game & not need to do too much. But IMHO he would have gone in the bottom of the first/top of the 2nd at the earliest without the Hispanic surname. Just look at all the marketing the NFL is doing to tap the Spanish-speaking audience. For years they tried Tony Gonzalez as their poster boy, but TEs (even great ones) have no celebrity status for a non-fan or casual fan. They need a Peytono Manninguez if they're ever gonna crack that market. Sanchez looked like he might be the real deal, NY franchises always get national attention (like everything else Newyorkish), & there's a huge Hispanic presence there. It was something of
I don't think the Jets drafted Sanchez for the Hispanic fan, he was drafted too high, but he showed flashes of being a good QB at USC ( I think it had more to do with the players around him).
I can't see the Jets wasting a to 5 pick and being the butt of of 90% of the jokes about bad teams just to pick up a few fans.