Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NY JETS: Darelle Revis & LaRon Landry Connection

Revis announced he would forgo his senior year at Pittsburgh to enter the 2007 NFL Draft; he was considered one of the top 3 cornerbacks available—along with Leon Hall of Michigan and Aaron Ross of Texas and was one of the 30 to be drafted. Though he received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, he chose not to attend, as he had a strained hamstring. He instead performed at Pittsburgh's Pro Day.

Though Revis was not the first defensive back selected in the draft (LaRon Landry, who was selected by the Washington Redskins, was the first), he was the first cornerback taken that year. The New York Jets traded their first-round selection, the first of their second-round selections and their fifth-round selection to the Carolina Panthers for the chance to move from the 25th pick to the 14th pick, one slot ahead of Revis' hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. With their selection, the Jets drafted Revis. Revis missed the first 21 days of training camp over a contract dispute however he eventually came to an agreement with the team on August 15, 2007.

The Washington Redskins selected Landry in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick. He was one of four LSU players taken in the first round of that draft, along with quarterback JaMarcus Russell, and wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis. On July 22, the Redskins signed Landry to a five-year, $41.5 million contract that included $17.5 million in guarantees.

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