Jets Draft Day Rumors!!!
It seems as if the Jets were out of the spotlight for a solid 24 hours…that is unacceptable! Thank God that Jets upper management made a call to Trent Richardson, star running back of Alabama and expected top 5 pick of the draft, less than a week before Draft day. Richardson contacted ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini and told him that the Jets called him Sunday to verify correct contact info just in case they trade up for him. The NFL Draft starts tonight April 26, at 8 PM EST and there are expected to be many moves among the league. The Jets are looking to be front and center tonight in their hometowns Radio City Music Hall by making a push for the best running back available. Right now Trent Richardson is slated to be picked 4th overall by the Cleveland Browns. As the saying goes “history repeats itself,” and as a Jets fan I am hoping that saying rings true tonight. Just three years ago the Jets traded up with the Browns so they could draft a quarterback named Mark Sanchez and then went on to back-to-back AFC Championship games.
Currently the Jets only have one running back worth mentioning in Shonn Greene and he has proved to be much better in the backup roll. Sure he broke 1,000 yards in 2011, but that’s not enough in the NFL anymore, especially with new Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano focusing more then ever on the Jets “Ground and Pound” approach to the game. Rumors coming from scouts across the nation are saying that Richardson is everything that Adrian Peterson is and possibly more. You would be a moron to say that you didn’t want to trade up for him unless the price was too high. The Jets have positioned themselves nicely over the past few years by accumulating 10 picks for this years draft which gives them a lot of ammunition for trades. Their first round pick is the #16 overall pick which does have some solid value in itself but they would need a lot more than that to trade up to either 3 or 4 to obtain Richardson.
To get Trent Richardson, the Jets will most likely have to give up 4 separate draft picks or maybe even possibly 5. With huge voids in their secondary, excluding Revis Island of course, and some vacancies in the Offensive Line and Wide Receivers, the Jets are in need of their draft picks more than ever but I say screw it. If there is any chance we can get Richardson I say do it. There are still plenty of Free Agents that would like to play for the Jets so they can fill a lot of their holes there. I can’t justify not trying to get one of the best College running backs in the past 10 years to come into the NFL. I am sure there are a lot of Jets fans that would disagree with me so I say feel free to debate.
Do you feel the Jets should trade for Richardson? If they do trade for him, how much should they give up?