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Jets Trade Up, Draft Pitt CB Revis

By David Fletcher
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
April 28th, 2007
The Jets add a needed stud CB to their defensive backfield by trading up for Pitt's Darrelle Revis.
The Jets add a needed stud CB to their defensive backfield by trading up for Pitt's Darrelle Revis.
The New York Jets traded up to the 14th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft on Saturday for the opportunity to add Pitt CB Darrelle Revis to the Gang Green secondary. The 5'11" underclassman was the first cornerback selected in this year's draft.

New York moved up 11 draft spots in the trade with the Carolina Panthers, giving up a second round pick and swapping a pair of late-rounders to make the move possible. The Jets received the Panthers' first round pick (#14) and their sixth round pick (#191) in exchange for New York's first round pick (#25), the first of their two second round picks (#59), and their 5th round pick (#164).

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and Head Coach Eric Mangini made the trade with over five minutes remaining on the clock and, to the anguish of the many Jets fans in attendance at Radio City, used nearly every second of the alloted time before finally handing in the pick.

With Revis and star-Michigan CB Leon Hall still on the board, the Jets appeared to be deciding which corner to add to their depleted secondary. However, Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn - projected to go in the top five picks in the draft - remained undrafted at the time, and with Jets QB Chad Pennington's history of injuries, it appeared that the Jets may have been considering drafting Quinn with the 14th overall pick, although Tannenbaum vehemently denied those rumors to reporters.

Revis, incidentally, has now dominated Quinn both in the draft and on the field. In 2005 he intercepted a pass by Quinn in a showdown between the two universities.

Because of the trade, the Jets have only one remaining pick on Saturday. Barring any other trades, the team is set select 63rd overall with the second-to-last overall pick of Day One.

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