Darrelle Revis joined an elite group Saturday afternoon when he was selected by the New York Jets with the 14th pick in the first round during the annual NFL draft.

The Jets traded up to get Revis, a junior cornerback from Pitt. They switched picks with the Carolina Panthers, who got the 25th pick in the first round, as well as New York’s second- and fifth-round selections. The Jets also got a sixth-round pick.

Revis joined his uncle, Sean Gilbert, (1992) and Ty Law (1995) as former Aliquippa High School stars to be taken in the first round. Revis was also the 22nd former Pitt player to be drafted in the first round.

“I feel great man,” Revis said, as he watched the NFL draft at his grandmother’s home in suburban Pittsburgh. “I was just sitting here watching all these picks and just to see my name on the screen was great. We had good communication on my visits to the Jets. I just didn’t know who was going to pick me, but when the Jets picked me I was ecstatic.”

Revis joins former Pitt star Hank Poteat as well as Andre Dyson, Drew Coleman, David Barrett, Alphonso Hodge and Justin Miller as cornerbacks with the Jets.

“Darrelle was a guy we spent a lot of time on,” Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “We liked the tape on him initially.

“(Coach Eric Mangini) and I spent a lot of time with him as a person and, as everyone knows here, that is really important to us. So as a player and a person, we think he is a good fit,” Tannenbaum said.

That’s why the Jets moved up to draft Revis, the first cornerback they selected with their No. 1 pick since they took Aaron Glenn in 1994.

“We really liked him on tape in term of his toughness, his play at the line of scrimmage, his athleticism, his size and his speed,” Mangini said. “All those things were very good. Then, you factor into the equation his special teams value and the return ability that he has.

“More importantly than that, we spent a lot of time with him. He spent a day here with us. We talked to him prior to that, and we did our research. We liked him as a person and to me that is the most important thing, the core Jets values, and he has those. When you combine those with the other aspects, I just think it was a solid pick.”

While it won’t be easy for Revis to crack the lineup for the Jets right away, he certainly should be a special teams contributor. And that suits him just fine. Revis ran two punts back for touchdowns in his career, including a dazzling 73-yard return for a score last season, as he broke several tackles and tight-roped the sideline to go all the way against West Virginia.

“I love special teams,” Revis said. “I have to credit my special teams coach, Charlie Partridge. He put me back there and let me help the team. Even if it was on punt block, I just tried to help the team any way I could.

“I’m a team player. So, I want to get to New York and focus on learning the system and meeting my new teammates.”

The Panthers remaining players eligible to be drafted today, during rounds 4-7, include linebackers H.B. Blades and Clint Session, quarterback Tyler Palko, center Joe Villani and punter Adam Graessle.

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