August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) shown on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Revis Island has been captured. Tim Tebow and his gang of circus clowns were no match for the ruthlessness from a gang of buccaneers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed their thievery when they traded the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a 2014 third or fourth-round conditional pick to the New York Jets for Darrelle Revis. Along in that process included a new six-year, $96 million contract that includes no guaranteed money.
Are you a Tennessee Titans enthusiast who has no interest in either of these franchises or the Darrelle Revis trade? Don’t let that prevent you from understanding the impact that this could have on the Titans. This trade could have significant implications on the Titans’ draft and regular season.
The Jets have picks No. 9, No. 13 and No. 39 in this draft. The Titans have picks No. 10 and No. 40. Each team has similar needs. These needs include cornerback, offensive guard, wide receiver and safety.
Any chance that Dee Milliner had of falling to No. 10 just took a major hit. Now that the Jets have lost three-fourths of their starting defensive backfield from last season (LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell and Revis), they’ll almost certainly take either a safety or cornerback with one of their first three picks. Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s defense is predicated on having at least one cornerback who controls his side of the football field.
Enjoying that ride on the Chance Warmack bandwagon? Even before Brandon Moore departed via free agency, the Jets needed to fix their offensive line. Now that they have the flexibility of two picks in the top 13, the Jets could feel more comfortable taking an offensive guard in the top 10. If that scenario played out, Jonathan Cooper would almost certainly remain at No. 10.
From what I’ve seen from fan mock drafts, many Jets fans are expecting the No. 9 and No. 13 picks to net them a combination of Tavon Austin and either a quarterback (Geno Smith) or defensive back. If the Jets used their No. 9 pick on either a quarterback or wide receiver, then that’s a best case scenario for the Titans. That shouldn’t affect their draft board in the slightest.
Another helpful (yet very unlikely) scenario would happen if the Jets were desperate enough to trade up for somebody. According to the trade value chart, packaging No. 9 (1350 points) and No. 39 (510 points) would equal the No. 4 pick (1800 points) and No. 117 pick (60 points). Would the Jets trade into the top 5 for a quarterback or anyone else they liked? If so, it could reduce their amount of top 39 picks from three to two.
What about No. 40? Let’s assume the Titans and Jets don’t take an offensive guard with their first-round picks. If Larry Warford, Brian Winters or Justin Pugh were available at No. 39, the Jets may consider that as good value. So if the Titans are banking on a second-round guard, then things just got murkier.
Let’s fast forward to the 2013-14 regular-season schedule. In Week 4, the Titans host the Jets. When these teams met in Dec. 2012, Darrelle Revis was sidelined with an ACL injury. Once again, Jake Locker won’t have to deal with Revis on one side of the field. The No. 9 and No. 13 picks will only have three games of NFL experience on their resume.
Consider this another curveball that adds to the uncertainty of the 2013 NFL Draft. Knowing the circus known as the Jets, they’ll do the most unconventional and unpredictable thing imaginable with that No. 9 pick.
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