The New York Jets traded up from the 25th spot to take cornerback Darrelle Revis. They sent Carolina their 1st, 2nd, and 5th round picks for this pick and Carolina’s 6th. That’s pretty pricey but Revis is an outstanding value at the 14 spot.
What the Experts Say:
- Rick Gosselin’s Final Ranking: 8th overall
- Mel Kiper Final Ranking: 18th overall
- Scout.com Final Ranking: 8th Overall
Impacting the game at both cornerback and as a return specialist, Revis offers terrific size/speed and ability for the next level. A first-round choice with starting potential who should immediately help returning punts.
Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign. Defensive numbers last season were 39/2/4, when he also averaged 8.6 yards on 22 punt returns, with one score. Sophomore totals were 41/4/13 with an 11.6 yard average on 28 punt returns.
Pos: Well-rounded defensive back with outstanding upside. Jams opponents at the line, slows their release off the snap and plays strong at the point of attack. Fast pedaling in reverse, is fluid in transition and runs with opponents everywhere on the field. Displays a sense of timing, stays with receivers out from their breaks and quickly closes to the action. Displays soft hands for the interception. Impacts the games returning punts, showing both elusiveness and speed.
Neg: Soft in the underneath coverage and occasionally gives up some easy receptions in front of him.
With both of the top two corners available and the Jets’ top need a corner, they decided to pull the trigger on the day’s first trade and pick up Revis. Although Revis can take too long to change directions at times and has some problems matching up with explosive slot receivers, he is still a first-round talent. More importantly, his instincts should him an excellent fit for head coach Eric Mangini’s defensive schemes and he is a playmaker than can make a difference.
He could also make an impact as a punt return man, which is probably one of the bigger reasons the Jets chose Revis over Leon Hall. Another reason may be Revis’ fluidity. He does a slightly better job of opening his hips when he’s forced to turn and run downfield so he’s less likely to get beat deep when left on an island.
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