Monday, April 22, 2013
Could Hayden be Revis insurance for Jets?
By James Walker
The New York Jets pulled off a blockbuster trade over the weekend by shipping star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first-round pick this year and a conditional third-rounder in 2014.
The natural train of thought is New York already has a replacement ready in 2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson, who filled in respectably for Revis last season. The Jets maintained the No. 2 pass defense despite Revis missing 13 games with a season-ending knee injury.
However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported an interesting nugget Monday. According to Schefter, Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden worked out for teams and New York’s Rex Ryan was the only head coach in attendance. The Jets sending Ryan means they have legitimate interest.
Could Hayden turn out to be Revis insurance? Having too many good cornerbacks is rarely a bad thing, especially when you have the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady in the division.
The Jets have the No. 9 and No. 13 overall picks. Both picks appear too high for Hayden. Perhaps he's a strong target if New York trades down with one of its two first-round picks.