Trent Richardson is No. 1 player on Jets draft board

AP

The Jets are moving back toward a “ground-and-pound” offensive approach, but lack a difference-making running back. Coming out of Alabama, Trent Richardson is expected to be a game changer at the next level. The Jets certainly think so.

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is reporting that Richardson is the No. 1-rated player on the Jets’ draft board. Sal Pal was invited to sit in Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum’s office along with coach Rex Ryan on Wednesday, so he obviously has trustworthy insight here.

Would the Jets consider trading up from the No. 16 pick into the top five, in order to land Richardson? Richardson thinks they might after Jets officials contacted him on Sunday night.

“They wanted to know my information as far as whether it’s the right number to reach me in case something does happen, with them trading up,” Richardson revealed.

Paolantonio’s story does acknowledge that a Jets trade up is a “long shot” because such a deal would require a hefty dose of compensation. Tannenbaum has a history of moving up the draft board, however. He did it in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 first rounds.

Those trades netted the Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, tight end Dustin Keller, and quarterback Mark Sanchez.

75 responses to “Trent Richardson is No. 1 player on Jets draft board

  1. Of all the ridiculous unfounded rumors leaked before the draft, this one seems reasonable.

    I see a premier running back fitting nicely with the updated Tebow Wildcat we are likely going to see in New York this season.

  2. Ground and Pound. The Jets are the last team in the league to realize it’s a passing league now.

  3. Karma swings back in the Vikings favor and end up on the receiving end of a Herschel Walker type of deal with the Jets to land T-Rich. The get all of the Jets draft picks to move from #16 to #3!?

    Lord why do you punish us Brown fans so harshly?

    No one can ever say its easy being a Browns fan!

  4. If they do this, they will have to trade up to #3 or #4 to get him. Drafting Richardson and having Tebow would just reaffirm the Jets lack of confidence in Sanchez.

  5. A few weeks ago I really thought it was possible for him to fall to the Jets, but now it doesn’t seem like he’ll make it passed 5. If the price is right I wouldn’t mind moving up but we also have many other needs

  6. Minnesota would be dumb to trade out of 3! What really elite OT, WR, or CB is their past 6? Either way, the Browns are sitting pretty! I feel for the Vikings fans if they trade out of 3!

  7. Hmmmm…..going to give up this years, next year and the following year draft picks??

    Sounds about right to me!

  8. I think they’ll have to move to #3 because I believe the Browns have him rated #3 (behind Luck and RG3) on their board.

    We’ll see…

  9. Would the Jets purposely give Paolantonio access to their board, knowing that he’s a member of the media? Tannenbaum intentionally leaked his own board? Sounds fishy to me.

  10. can’t argue with those results with trading up……….
    Revis is one of the best CBs – if not the best
    Keller is not a game changer like Gronkowski, but he is a good TE
    and Sanchez will look great holding the clipboard and Tebow’s jock strap!!

  11. I wonder how Shonn Greene (who they also traded up in the third round for) feels about not even being mentioned in this article.

  12. Sorry dudes, Mangini is no longer coaching the Browns andto trade you our high pick for your old garbage like before……
    Then again, you did end up with Sanchez from that trade, the only smart draft move the Browns ever made

  13. You told us what the trades netted, but what did the Jets give up? How many picks did they trade that could have been starters at safety, or linebacker, or defensive end, or receiver, or running back, or any of the other positions where their roster is lacking?

    This is why the number one rule of drafting is “don’t fall in love with one player.”

    Oh, and also:

    Keller, 2007-2011: 15 touchdowns
    Gronkowski, 2011: 18 touchdowns

  14. Hold the horses!!!

    Just found out that Richardson has two daughters who are three and five years old, and he is only 20 uears old!

    We need to check with Cromarti if he is “OK” with this!!!

  15. “Those trades netted the Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, tight end Dustin Keller, and quarterback Mark Sanchez.”

    — A true nucleus for a Super Bowl dynasty…

    … or something like that

  16. I’d be thoroughly upset. Running back is simply not as important as it used to be. And our defense is too old to not get as many defensive players as possible. Dumb, stupid and idiotic. Not even remotely intelligent. If you’re gonna trade up giving up what it would take to get there, give a little bit more and go get Andrew Luck. God this is preposterously stupid.

  17. Great news for us Viking fans! (at least a % of us anyway). Richardson is probably the only 100% sure fire all pro in the draft after the top two QB’s and with Peterson we have no reason to draft him. Since we can’t get a sure fire All Pro (or at least as sure as you can get in the draft) let’s get a huge offer by the Jets and help our team this year and next year. OR maybe this will be just what the Browns need to scare them into swapping picks with us so they can get Richardson. Either way we win….thank you NY Jets. (sorry Cleveland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay….the price for #3 just went up)

  18. Another bad year and Tannenbaum won’t have another to prove himself with the Jets, so he may as well go all in.

  19. If you’re going to try to do a run-first offense in the NFL of 2012, you either need a monster of a runningback or a QB who can keep defenses from stacking the box.

    So in the Jet’s case, they’d better draft Trent.

  20. The Jets should trade up to get a player to plug a hole created by the last time they traded up.

    Who would have thought….

    Rex Ryan = Little Dutch Boy that plugged holes

  21. Richardson is awesome. But not worth 4 picks like the skins gave up for rg. Jets have their fingers crossed trent falls out og the top 6. Another smoke screen story

  22. Thank you for pumping him up Jets! All you other teams…better call Mr Spielman with a boat load of picks to get up to #3

  23. So the Jets will overpay for the “Big First Round Back” when they could get by on the talent that’s out there in rounds three and four?

    Do they not watch their own team? When your passing game sucks, the best RB in the world won’t matter — it’ll be eight-in-the-box all day. Richardson will be spend his career getting two-yard gains.

    Fail.

  24. That would be a very large jump. The jets would have to mortgage their whole draft for the next 3 years! The Vikes could use 15 draft picks a year for the next 3 years, but I don’t see that move happening.

    Why don’t they just ‘Ground and Pound’ with Timmy T and save the draft picks.

    There is a pretty good RB out of Boise State that should still be around when the Jets pick… Doug Martin will be better than people think.

  25. This is why the Jets are where they are, and a laughing stock of the league because 31 other teams have Luck rated as their number one overall player, but not the know it all, look at me jets. Idiots, they passed up on Peyton Manning too remember.

    What a bunch of clowns, continue to sit there and look cute and shut up.

    Face it the Jets are and always will be the GIANTS BITCH!

  26. A team with Mark Sanchez as its starting quarterback has a running back at the top of its board in a draft that features Andrew Luck.

  27. packerjer says: Apr 25, 2012 3:25 PM

    Ground and Pound. The Jets are the last team in the league to realize it’s a passing league now.

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    To be fair, you need a quarterback to pass.

  28. As much as I dislike the Jets sometimes, at least they are maintaining a commitment to the running game. Personally, while passing makes games more entertaining and enjoyable at times, it also is very annoying that old school football is being phased out. In other words, it isn’t important to have a good running game and to play solid defense anymore.

    If the Jets can prove that you can still be successful with a strong running game and solid d, then they are reaffirming to people that you can’t simply ignore and forget about running the football.

    For them to trade up, they’d have to give up ALOT. For the Vikes to miss out on an impact player in the top 3, they would need a TON of compensation. Moving all the way down to #16 means they won’t get those marquee players, and since the Jets are a pretty good team even their future picks in the first round won’t be very high picks. So to make up for that, they’d need a rather large number of high picks to offset that.

  29. It’s the day before the draft, any team that announces who they REALY LIKE THE BEST are liars. If you think the Jets are stupid, just try reading your own comments!

  30. Headline: Trent Richardson is No. 1 player on Jets draft board
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    Headline: Andrew Luck is No. 1 player on Patriots draft board

    So what, if he is not there when you pick?

  31. Nothing to see here folks. The Jets don’t have what it takes to actually make the trade offer. And the Vikings wouldn’t move that far back. Think about it…the Jets will be a perenial playoff team for several years, so even if the Jets offered up the next three #1’s, they would all be middle of the 1st round picks.

    This may, but highly doubtful, help the Vikings because it could force the Browns or Bucs to trade with the Vikings. The Vikings could move back 1 or 2 spots, still draft Kalil, and also have two very high picks in the 2nd round. Heck, they could trade those two picks in the second round, plus a 3rd rounder, and then move up to take WR Michael Floyd around #17 in the first round.

  32. Browns dont want Trent anyways, Claiborne at #4 is a no-Brainer.. Pun intended, BWAHAHAHA

    Seriously, Claiborne makes more sense, then go after Miller or Martin with #22, Kevin Zeitler @ 37 , Brandon Brooks @ 67, Best WR on Board @ 100,

    25.5 hours Browns Fans, Start packin all the breakables around the TV area.

  33. He fathered a kid at 15, and then for good measure repeated it again 2 years later? And please, this guy, RGIII and the others that wear the horn rim glasses need to understand the only one’s who buy into it are coed’s and clowns.

  34. They let Sal Pal sit in on a draft-planning session? That right there is why I think this is a smokescreen for something or other.

  35. As I heard someone say on sports talk radio regarding the NFL draft, I believe half of what I see and none of what I read.

    Seems doubtful the Jets would divulge their plans unless they are intentionally looking for a trading partner or trying mislead other teams.

    Regardless, I hope he’s a Jet!

  36. Heckert said the Browns will not trade up to number three. And they won’t. They will move down first.

    So any of you Vikings’ fans thinking a raping is in order better look elsewhere.

    The Browns will be staring at Kalil, Claiborne and Blackmon even if TRich is gone. Either draft one or trade out.

    As a fan, I think that’s a pretty good place to be…

  37. norsedrew says:
    Apr 25, 2012 3:40 PM
    Great news for us Viking fans! (at least a % of us anyway). Richardson is probably the only 100% sure fire all pro in the draft after the top two QB’s and with Peterson we have no reason to draft him. Since we can’t get a sure fire All Pro (or at least as sure as you can get in the draft) let’s get a huge offer by the Jets and help our team this year and next year. OR maybe this will be just what the Browns need to scare them into swapping picks with us so they can get Richardson. Either way we win….thank you NY Jets. (sorry Cleveland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay….the price for #3 just went up)

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    Cleveland isn’t moving anywhere, so it won’t cost them anything! Jets would be crazy to give up so much for a RB, even a very good one! Cleveland will get a Stud either way at 4!

  38. no way vikes go from 3rd to 16th…..unless they offer up next 2 years first rounders to go with it, too far of a drop in this draft

  39. Why is this news? Oh maybe bec their running back situation blows! Call panthers and trade for jonathon Stewart

  40. “Think about it…the Jets will be a perenial playoff team for several years?” lmao!

    Really? What on earth are you basing this on? Teams ahead of them will not lie down every year so that they can back into the playoff. You sir, need to get off the kool-aid.

  41. ballboy48 says:Apr 25, 2012 4:36 PM

    Cleveland isn’t moving anywhere, so it won’t cost them anything! Jets would be crazy to give up so much for a RB, even a very good one! Cleveland will get a Stud either way at 4!

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    Don’t be so sure….seems like the Browns really would love Richardson….a RB like that doesn’t come up in the draft that often….they are acting like they don’t care so that TB doesn’t get excited and trade up to number 3 (heck the Vikings would probably trade back to #5 for a fairly low price….maybe even just a 3rd rounder as they would end up with one of the three guys they like anyway)….

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