The New York Jets select Sheldon Richardson with the 13th pick

4/25/13 in NFL   |   droth   |   127 respect

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson does a defensive drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsWith the 13th pick, the New York Jets select Darrelle Revis’ replacement, defenssve tackle form Missouri.  That’s what Sheldon Richardson will be known as unless he can make a name for himself.

While he will always be compared to Revis, Richardson is an impressive prospect in his own right. Richardson can plug up the middle and is also able to make plays from sideline to sideline with his surprising quickness.

This is New York’s second pick in the first round and both have been on the defensive side of the ball. Clearly Rex Ryan and the Jets are attempting to channel the Jets teams from a few years ago that went to AFC Championship games behind a dominant defense.

But the Jets still need to make some noise on offense.  Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland led the team in receptions last year and Dustin Keller, who finished third on the team with 28 catches, is a Dolphin now.  The Jets need a reliable target that Sanchez can key in on and this draft has plenty of tight ends that would fill that need in the upcoming rounds.

The Jets also lost their starting running back, Shonn Greene.  Greene has been disappointing for a few seasons now, but he still led the team in rushing and they need to replace his production as well.  
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