Silly stupid me, writing a piece on the difficulty of projecting the New York Jets‘ moves in the 2013 NFL Draft before the Darrelle Revis trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unfolded. I know it was seemingly inevitable, but the two teams — after more than a month of negotiating — finally came to agreement just hours after my article went to publish.
Now we know the deal sends New York the 13th overall and a conditional pick next year. In total the Jets’ draft picks shake out as No. 9 and No. 13 in round one, No. 7 in round two, No. 10 in round three, No. 9 in round four, No. 8 in round five, No. 10 in round six and No. 9 in round seven. Add in that Revis’ contract as been unloaded, and new Jets general manager John Idzik can officially get full-swing into rebuilding — though whether he got enough out of the Revis trade is another debate.
With Rex Ryan‘s love of shiny new defense toys, it will be interesting to see if the Jets not only draft defense in the first round for the fourth straight year, but if they take two of them with the ninth and 13th selections. One would imagine the Jets will attack the linebacker spot and find more cornerback depth behind Antonio Cromartie.
Then you consider the wealth of edge rushers slated for the first round, Ryan might already be on his way to the tattoo parlor.
One thing’s for sure: an outside linebacker trio of Calvin Pace, Antwan Barnes and Garrett McIntyre is not scaring Tom Brady.