The San Francisco 49ers traded quarterback Alex Smith to the ever-foolish Kansas City Chiefs for a 2013 second round pick and a 2014 conditional mid-round pick today, leaving them with an expected 15…yes 15 draft picks this April. Five of those picks are in the top 100 – 31st, 34th, 61st, 74th and 93rd overall. Darrelle Revis-Bait? It sure sounds like it.
It is no secret the 49ers need to improve their secondary. It is also no secret they don’t need to add fifteen draft picks to their roster, considering their track record for barely playing any of their picks last season. They are without question the most logical trade partner for the New York Jets right now, if they feel they cannot sign Revis to a long term contract. We talked yesterday about embracing the rebuild and that rebuild will be easier to embrace with a boatload of draft picks and/or players coming as compensation for Revis.
You want to turn around a roster quickly? Get at least two of those top 100 picks from San Francisco to go with the 3 top 100 picks you already have and also discuss getting a player back from positions they are overloaded at. Does San Francisco really need Kendall Hunter now that they have LaMichael James? Probably not and he’d be a nice fit in Marty Morhinweg’s offense. Are they not ready to roll with AJ Jenkins in a major role yet? The Jets could use wide receivers, particularly if Santonio Holmes ends up being cut. The 49ers have no shortage of assets and if they really want to push their already stacked team over the top, they will do what it takes to get their hands on Revis.
It is futile to speculate on hypothetical trade packages but as a thought exercise let’s look at three different scenarios that could happen in a 49ers/Jets trade.
San Francisco receives Darrelle Revis, New York receives 31st overall pick, 61st overall pick, 2014 conditional mid-round pick
The New York Jets are now picking at #9, #31, #39, and #61 and have enhanced their 2014 crop of picks. Let’s say they end up with Ezekiel Anash or Barkevious Mingo with the 9th overall pick, improving their outside linebacker and pass rushing situation. They then see Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard dropping into the low 20s, they now have the ammunition to move up to grab one of the top running backs in the Draft. They package #31 and #61 to move up and get their needed starting running back. Now they still have the 39th overall pick to add the best Guard or Wide Receiver on the board or maybe take a shot on EJ Manuel at quarterback. Not an awful collection of players to start over with right? Nevermind the extra cap space long term by not having Revis.
San Francisco receives Darrelle Revis, New York receives 31st overall pick, running back Kendall Hunter, 74th overall pick
The Jets still have 3 picks in the top 40, with #9, #31, #39 and now have a nice piece to add to their backfield. Hunter would provide needed speed and pass catching ability, a must in Marty Mornhinweg’s system. Joe McKnight could be shipped out to a team desperate for a kick returner. Now maybe the Jets wait until the middle rounds to add a player like Stepfan Taylor at running back and then with their top three picks add an Outside Linebacker, Guard and maybe a Safety or Wide Receiver.
San Francisco receives Darrelle Revis, New York receives 31st overall pick, 34th overall pick and 2013 6th round pick
The Jets now have the #9, #31, #34, #39 overall pick. They decide to be aggressive with this collection, move up from #9 to make sure they grab Dion Jordan at outside linebacker by packaging the 39th overall pick. Then instead of standing pat at #31, they move up the necessary spots by throwing in the 34th overall pick to make sure they end up with quarterback Geno Smith. Now they have a high profile quarterback and a high profile pass rusher to show as return on Darrelle Revis.