On April 21, Darrelle Revis was officially traded to the Buccaneers. The Jets got in return the Buccaneers 13th overall pick in this year’s draft and a conditional 3rd or 4th round pick in the 2014 draft. This seems a little low a price for someone who is arguably the best defensive back in the game. Considering it was reported that the Buccaneers were willing to trade a first, third, and fifth round pick for Revis, most people expected at least any three draft picks, not 1 and a conditional second pick. Despite all the what-ifs, the deal is done, and now it’s time for the Jets to move on.
In the trade, the Jets main acquisition was the 13th overall pick of the draft, and you have to wonder what the Jets plan on doing with this pick. Obviously, the Jets roster have many positions that lack acceptable talent, and the positions in most dire need of improvement are QB, O-line, DE, LB, and CB. Assuming the Jets choose to address these problems in the first round, there are several possible players that the Jets could draft at slots 9 and 11. As one would think, the Jets will most likely draft a corner in the draft to replace Revis. If Dee Milliner is available with the ninth pick one has to believe the Jets will take him, but it is unlikely that he will be available. They could draft Jonathon Banks in the second round, or maybe someone later seeing as there is a ton of depth in this year’s draft.
Some realistic possibilities with the ninth pick include Barkevious Mingo and Ziggy Ansah, both of whom would greatly help the Jets’ front seven which greatly needs help. Both of these players could easily fit into the Jets’ defensive scheme and would be a great addition. With the newly acquired thirteenth pick, the Jets could again address their defensive struggles with an ILB such as Alec Ogletree. Another option for the Jets would be an offensive linemen such as Chance Warmack or Jonathon Cooper. The Jets have shown interest in both these players and they could compliment Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson greatly. We can just hope that they don’t turn out like Vernon Gholston did.
There’s no question that Revis will be missed. Antonio Cromartie has already expressed disappointment that he is gone. However, it was the smart thing to do for the future of the Jets seeing as it is necessary to rebuild. It will be a long and tiresome process, one that will likely include the loss of franchise icons like Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes, and more. However, Idzik is doing the smart thing for the Jets’ future and although it is arguable that he could have gotten more in return for Revis he still got rid of his massive contract and ended all the drama. Hopefully Idzik continues this early success and turns the Jets into a Super Bowl contender in the years to come