During the 2007 NFL Draft, Darrelle Revis was the player I coveted most for the Bengals. His physicality on the line, instincts in space playing zone, and ability to shadow a wide receiver downfield left me downright giddy.
And, with the 18th pick, the Bengals were primed to select him. Until the Jets swooped in to trade up to 14 and select Revis.
So we were left with Leon Hall, for whom I had great respect as a prospect. Hall had the most sound technique in the draft, but questions about his speed and memories of Ted Ginn Jr. abusing him mercilessly were still fresh in my head.
But, after the trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that sent Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets, who received a 2013 first-round selection and a conditional mid-round pick in 2014, I began to consider which player I would have rather selected if I were Mike Brown.
- Leon Hall – 87 games with 81 starts since 2007: drafted 1st rnd, 18th overall
- 22 INT, 6 single season high
- 89 PD, 24 single season high
- Before injuries, averaged 4.5 INT and 17.75 PD
- Darrelle Revis 79 games with 79 starts since 2007: drafted 1st rnd 14th overall
- 19 INT, 6 INT single season high
- 97 PD, 31 single season high
- Before injuries, averaged 3.6 INT and 15.67
Of course, the money is the first aspect to consider. Revis will now average $16 million annually. That is definitely an acceptable number for the most dominant defensive player in the game not named J.J., but is the value there?