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.
With the first day of the NFL Draft over, there’s some time to reflect on all of the action. It was an exciting first round, packed with trades and surprises. We saw Geno Smith fall out of the first round, Travis Frederick (WHO?) sneak his way in, and the Bills blow off Ryan Nassib. With all of that here’s three lists based on what happened. Also, did anyone else see floating Adam Schefter?
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.
The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away. By now, you’ve probably heard everyone and their mother take a guess at which players teams will look to draft. What you haven’t heard, though, is who will trade up and down in the draft. Conducting mock drafts with trades is very difficult and anybody who claims they know exactly what trades will go down have just as much of a guess as I do. With that, here are five teams who can make some serious waves come draft day.
1. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have a whopping 13 draft picks in the upcoming draft, and that’s after trading picks for Anquan Boldin and Colt McCoy. The team doesn’t have too many glaring needs besides safety. A trade up for Kenny Vaccaro is a possibility, but they can easily get Jonathan Cyprien or Matt Elam if they are patient. A bold move would be trading into the top 10 and selecting WR Tavon Austin. A team like the Bills, Jets, or Titans can benefit from dropping back and picking up at least one of the second round picks that San Francisco has.
2. Miami Dolphins
To say Jeff Ireland has a fire under himself is an understatement. Ireland has overpaid for two wide receivers, two linebackers, and signed Brent Grimes. After picking up an extra second- and third-round pick thanks to the Vontae Davis and Brandon Marshall trades, Ireland may look to keep up with his aggressive strategy. With Jake Long going to the Rams, Ireland has a huge void at left tackle. He reportedly isn’t too high on Lane Johnson, so a trade up into top three makes sense. If the Chiefs take Joeckel or Fisher, the Raiders seem like a prime spot for Miami to trade into. The Raiders can use all the draft picks they can get, while Miami would be able to take the remaining lineman without having to worry about missing out. Continue reading →