Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rex still rules roost? Jets take Richardson at No. 13


It looks like Rex Ryan still has some power. That, or he and New York Jets general manager John Idzik share a brain.

Four picks after taking cornerback Dee Milliner with their first of two first-round selections, the Jets took another defender in Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Richardson, who led the SEC in tackles in 2012 and tallied a game-high 14 against the incredibly stout Alabama offensive line, will now work between defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, who were selected by the Jets in the first round in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Albeit an un-sexy one, Gang Green's pick at No. 13 overall fills a major void, as the Jets lost a pair of major contributors on the defensive line in Sione Pouha and Mike Devito due to free agency.

The Jets had a lot of holes to fill following the 2012 season, and many remain on offense. They'll need to address that side of the ball Friday night, or fans at Radio City Music Hall might storm the stage.

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