New York Jets Have Unlimited Leverage in 2013 NFL Draft

By Devin O'Barr
Rex Ryan with New York Jets
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When you trade away the best player on your team, you should receive at least one thing that you can hang your hat on in return. Well, with the New York Jets shipping Darrelle Revis out of town, the organization now has been dealt a great hand in the 2013 NFL Draft. Much like a good card game, nothing is for certain in the draft, but the Jets have to like their odds.

With two picks in the top 15 the Jets must make amends with the Revis trade and make an All-Pro out of at least one of these players. On the other hand, general manager John Idzik is not ruling out dealing either pick, which shows just how much leverage New York has. In a perfect world the Jets would get two high-profile and high-impact prospects, but trading down might not be a detriment in such a deep class of players.

For my money, the Jets will not trade either pick and use both of their selections on the defensive side of the ball where the club is seemingly a lost cause. Barkevious Mingo will likely be available at pick number nine, so that would be my prediction as the first pick of Idzik’s tenure as the teams general manager.

Pick number 13 is extremely enticing as this is the mid-way point in the first-round, where some teams may trade up to snag a player that they had pegged as a sure-fire top 10 selection. If the Jets are going to make a deal it will be with the pick, however I think they will go defense again and grab play-making cornerback D.J Hayden, whose draft stock has skyrocketed in recent weeks.

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