Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Mock thoughts: Impact of Revis trade
By Field Yates
The recent trade of Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers makes the Jets one of the more compelling teams to watch at the top of the draft, which kicks off in just two days.
Along those lines, the trade also speaks to the fact that just one move can cause a trickle-down effect that not only impacts the two teams involved, but also the rest of the draft board.
As a testament to such, both Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay, ESPN's NFL draft experts, have each released an updated version of their first round mock drafts following the Revis trade, and in the case of Kiper, the Patriots pick for number 29 has changed.
Rather than taking Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor at pick 29, Kiper now has the Patriots slated to draft talented wide receiver Justin Hunter out of Tennessee. Hunter was among the most impressive receivers at the combine, checking in at 6-4, 196 pounds and running an electric 4.44 40.
Receiver is clearly among the team's top needs, and Hunter has the size and speed to stress a defense vertically.
The latest update from Kiper also stands as a testament to how difficult it is to project how the board will play out in front of the Patriots, as director of player personnel Nick Caserio alluded to on Monday. Draft prognosticators work hard to accurately project each pick, but the inevitably of draft day trades make it difficult for anyone to forecast how the events will unfold.
To see Kiper's latest projection (Insider content), click HERE.
In addition to the draft experts, ESPN.com's team of NFL bloggers is participating in a Twitter-based mock draft, for which James Walker, who runs the AFC East blog, is handling the duties of making the Patriots' selection.
After attempting to make a trade back in the order to acquire more picks (the Patriots have just five as of now, of course), Walker selected former USC wide receiver Robert Woods. Woods is regarded as a strong route runner and stands at 6-0, 201 pounds and ran a 4.51 forty at the combine.
To watch the blogger mock draft continue to unfold, click HERE.