Mark Sanchez: Worth Millions? Maybe a Couple Thousand

Tiffiney WertzContributor IJuly 25, 2009

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws a pass during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Still several weeks away from making his NFL debut, Mark Sanchez has already locked in a guaranteed $28 million with the New York Jets, let’s hope he’s all he’s cracked up to be. With his first Rose Bowl win we all know the kid can play, but is he really worth millions?

I’m not sold. But, the New York Jets appear to be. We all know the Jets were in dire need of a quarterback after Favre’s dreary performance last season. Now, several months later Mark Sanchez is to the rescue as the highest-paid player in Jets franchise history.  

His stats are strong and show evidence that he is a strong player. He has an arm, ending the 2008 season with 34 touchdowns and 3,207 passing yards. But, the lack of experience is what may hurt him most when he laces up against the big boys. With only three starts as a Trojan in the 2007 season and landing the starting position in 2008 his career at USC is nothing like a season in the NFL.

One question remains. Was this the right move for Sanchez? After he [Sanchez] announced, his plans to fore go his last season as a Trojan and enter the draft, USC Coach Pete Carroll admitted he did not agree with his decision, because of unsuccessful ratings of players who enter the NFL early.

Harsh? Nah, not really.  Think back to an array of players who left college early, had the media talking and proved to be overrated. Shall we begin, drum roll.  Vince Young, showed up his first season as the comeback king with wins over and Eli and Peyton Manning. He even graced the Madden 2008 game cover.  But, bottom line he throws more interceptions than touchdowns.

    Next, Rex Grossman former Florida Gator and runner-up for the 2001Heisman Trophy. Despite a Super Bowl appearance his lack of consistency, frequent interceptions, and fumbles left fans with a sour taste. Simply put, nobody can depend on him.

So, will Sanchez be a statistic or prevail? Not all the numbers are against you. There have been successful underclassmen that entered the draft early. But, how many Ben Rothlisberger's are there in the world? Not too many. This season we shall see the latest greatest USC quarterback to take a stab at the NFL.