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If Mark Sanchez turns out to be the franchise quarterback the likes of which the Jets haven't had since Broadway Joe Namath, it will turn out that former Jets coach Eric Mangini and general manager Mike Tannenbaum made their best move when they weren't a tandem.

A few months after Tannenbaum fired Mangini as the Jets coach, the two were key players in a blockbuster deal that reverberated throughout yesterday's NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.

Mangini and Cleveland rookie GM George Kokinis traded the fifth pick in the draft to the Jets for Gang Green's 1st (No. 17 overall) and second round picks (No. 52) and three fringe players.

That allowed the Jets to grab Sanchez and it started a trade-down chess game between Mangini and his mentor, Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Perhaps never has there been more glaring evidence that to succeed in the NFL means understanding the mob code of, "It isn't personal, it's business."

"It worked for them and it worked for us," Mangini said. "I don't think you can ever look at it as your former team. It was a real plus decision for both teams."

When the wheeling and dealing was done, it took three trades for Mangini's Browns to trade down to No. 21 and select Cal center Alex Mack, who most had tabbed as a second rounder. Remember, Mangini used a first rounder with the Jets on Nick Mangold. The Browns bulked up with three second-round picks.

The Patriots traded with Baltimore, dropping from 23 to 26 and picking up an extra fifth rounder. Then Belichick shipped those two picks to Green Bay for the Packers second- (41st overall) and third-round picks (72nd and 83rd).

Meanwhile the Giants addressed their biggest need, a wide receiver to help fill the void left by the release Plaxico Burress. Big Blue took North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks with the 29th pick. In Round 2, they selected Virginia outside linebacker Clint Sintin (45th overall) and Connecticut offensive tackle Will Beatty (60th).

Sanchez's coach Pete Carroll, who was the Jets' head coach in 1994, told The Post in an e-mail that his player was poised to succeed in the Big Apple.

"I loved it," Carroll said of Sanchez's jet-like rise to the top of the draft. "It's a great spot for him. Going to New York is so awesome. He'll be part of a great organization with great fans. It'll be the experience of a lifetime for him. He's worthy of it. He can handle it."

Georgia's Matt Stafford was signed the night before the draft by the Lions, which had the first pick, a dubious reward for going 0-16 last season. Stafford reportedly signed a six-year deal with $41.7 guaranteed. Sanchez will not get that kind of money but he will not be going to an 0-16 team, he won't have to live in Detroit and he could make millions more in endorsements.

History was made in yesterday's draft when the Titans, picking right after the Giants, took Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt. Britt is the first Scarlet Knight to be taken in the first round. Connecticut also had its initial first-rounder when the Colts selected running back Donald Brown of Atlantic Highland, N.J. at No. 27.


33. Lions, Louis Delmas, DB, Western Michigan.

34. Patriots, Patrick Chung, DB, Oregon.

35. RAMS, James Laurinaitis, DB, Ohio State.

36. Browns, Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State.

37. Broncos, Alphonso Smith, DB, Wake Forest.

38. BENGALS, Rey Maualuga, LB, Southern Cal.

39. JAGUARS, Eben Britton, OT, Arizona.

40. Patriots, Ron Brace, DT, Boston College.

41. Patriots, Darius Butler, DB, Connecticut.

42. Bills, Jairus Byrd, DB, Oregon.

43. Panthers, Everette Brown, DE, Florida State.

44. Dolphins, Pat White, QB, West Virginia.

45. Giants, Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia.

46. TEXANS, Connor Barwin, DE, Cincinnati.

47. RAIDERS, Michael Mitchell, DB, Ohio.

48. Broncos, Darcel McBath, DB, Texas Tech.

49. SEAHAWKS, Max Unger, C, Oregon.

50. Browns, Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia.

51. Bills, Andy Levitre, G, Oregon State.

52. Browns, David Veikune, DE, Hawaii.

53. EAGLES, LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh.

54. VIKINGS, Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma.

55. FALCONS, William Moore, DB, Missouri.

56. Colts, Fili Moala, DT, Southern Cal.

57. RAVENS, Paul Kruger, DE, Utah.

58. Patriots, Sebastian Vollmer, OT, Houston.

59. Panthers, Sherrod Martin, DB, Troy.

60. Giants, Will Beatty, OT, Connecticut.

61. Dolphins, Sean Smith, DB, Utah.

62. Titans, Sen?Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn.

63. Cardinals, Cody Brown, LB, Connecticut.

64. Broncos, Richard Quinn, TE, North Carolina.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 29, 2009

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