The NFL season is still four long months away, but as far as I’m concerned, everyday is a good day to discuss football. With the majority of the offseason over with, OTA’s and training camps are the only activities left. As rosters are beginning to shape into place, I’ve thought about which teams can surprise, and which teams can disappoint.
Look at the past few seasons. The 2007 Browns, the 2012 Colts and Redskins, the 2008 Dolphins, and the 2010 Seahawks all emerged as teams that came out of nowhere to make waves. On the flip side of that, we’ve seen teams completely fail such as the 2011 Cowboys and Colts, the 2012 Eagles, and the 2010 Chargers.
You can find both parts to my previous mock draft here and here. In light of new developments and the Darrelle Revis trade, I have decided to conduct another mock draft. Though I hate mocking trades, the new CBA promotes trading in the draft, as we saw last year 27 draft day trades. These trades will happen, and I’ve done my best to discuss some different possible scenarios.
Here’s my quick take on what the trade means for both teams:
For the Bucs: The Buccaneers get a player who is well worth the 13th pick in the draft if he is healthy. That’s a big if, as Revis is only six months removed from repairing a torn ACL. Inserting him into a secondary with last year’s first round pick Mark Barron and the newly-signed Dashon Goldson instantly makes the defense very good on paper. This really helps Josh Freeman, who is already on the hot seat in Tampa, by keeping him close in games. The Bucs will sign Revis to a new deal and keep the secondary intact for years to come. In a division with stud quarterbacks like Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton, it is important that the Buccaneer’s defense can defend against the pass.
For the Jets: This stings, but it needed to be done. Revis was not sticking around after this year and new GM John Idzik couldn’t let him walk. The team may be ugly to watch in 2013, but two of the first thirteen picks in the draft will help soften the blow. The picks can be used on a pass rusher, safety, wide receiver, or help on the offensive line. Some names that I expect to be in the fold with their two picks: Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones, Kenny Vaccaro, Tavon Austin, Chance Warmack, or Jonathan Cooper. The Jets will also surely look to pick up another corner at some point in the draft. The picks give the Jets the ability to get two players who can, and more importantly will have to contribute right away.
Update 4/22/13: In the wake of the final details revealed, the Jets will receive the 13th overall pick in 2013 and a condition fourth round pick that will almost certainly be a third. While this is significantly less than what has been floating around in recent weeks, you have to realize John Idzik was cornered with only one suitor that knew he was beginning to sweat. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, made out like bandits. Revis gets six years for ninety-six million, but NONE of it is guaranteed. You have to wonder if the Jets had known Revis would take a deal for no guaranteed money, and if they did, why didn’t they at least attempt to negotiate. As of now, I give the Jets a C+ and the Bucs an A+.
Stay tuned, as I will post another mock before the draft to reflect this news.