2013 NFL Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Now Must Adjust to Darrelle Revis Trade

By Thomas Emerick

At long last, the New York Jets wilted under the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waiting game and completed the Darrelle Revis trade without giving up too much, with the No. 13 pick, leaving their 2013 NFL Draft selections and a conditional (third or fourth round) pick in 2014. To boot, Revis’ $96 million contract involves no guaranteed money, so they’re only paying to get a healthy version of the best cornerback in football.

“Source says Bucs ‘absolutely’ anticipate Revis to play Week 1 opener against his former team,” NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington said. “Revis has made that desire very clear to them.”

Not only should they get a healthy Revis right out the gate, but the Bucs still possess enough in selections in 2013 to fill remaining weaknesses: No. 11 in the second round, No. 11 in the third round, No. 15 and No. 29 in the fourth round, No. 14 in round five, and No. 13 and No. 28 in round six.

Tampa Bay could still certainly use another quality corner, perhaps one that can bump Eric Wright to No. 3. A pass catching tight end or top-notch receiver would be nice as well, though, Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson provided two nice targets for Josh Freeman last year. The defensive tackle spot next to one of the league’s best in Gerald McCoy could also use addressing.

If general manager Mark Dominik wanted to move up into the bottom of round one — say the Baltimore Ravens‘ 32nd overall for point of reference — they would have to match a pick value of 590 points according to MockDraftable’s value chart, which is close to the equivalent of their 11th pick in the second round and either their two fourth rounders or a fourth and a fifth. We could also see the Bucs trade up to the end of round one with something in the neighborhood of both this and next year’s second round pick.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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