Within NFL circles, Darrelle Revis is widely considered the league’s best cornerback and is arguably the top defensive player — period.
When it comes to those who know Revis best, former Jets head coach Eric Mangini is a good place to start. Mangini, who was at the helm of the Jets when they traded up to the No. 14 overall pick to draft Revis in 2007, ultimately played a large role early in the cornerback’s career.
We don’t expect Mangini to be completely unbiased while discussing Revis, but Mangini certainly didn’t hold back in saying he sees Revis as a future Hall of Famer during a live chat with fans Wednesday. Then again, Mangini probably isn’t alone.
“Early in his career, I used to talk to him about the fact that I was going to stay on him every single day and ride him regardless of how good he got, because I didn’t think he realized the potential of how good he could be,” Mangini said. “It was my job to help him achieve that potential, and I would communicate that with him, because he could continue to grow.
“I felt very strongly he could be a Hall of Fame player because of his talent and his work ethic. I think that’s where he’s headed. He plays with great technique, has great natural ability, and he’s passionate. To me, he’s scratching the surface of what he can do as a player and with his career.”