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Trent Richardson is No. 1 player on Jets draft board

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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.

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75 Responses to “Trent Richardson is No. 1 player on Jets draft board”
  1. seanmmartin says: Apr 25, 2012 3:22 PM

    They’ll find a way to waste his talents.

    Jets crumble.

  2. seanmmartin says: Apr 25, 2012 3:23 PM

    Revis – Very good.
    Keller – Disappointment.
    Sanchez – Do I really need to say anything?

  3. dealer009 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:25 PM

    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.

  4. castleofcheese says: Apr 25, 2012 3:25 PM

    Typical Jets incompetence.

  5. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Apr 25, 2012 3:25 PM

    (using the line from the movie Taken) “Good luck”

  6. braven4evr says: Apr 25, 2012 3:25 PM

    would have to give up too much to get where they need to be…a lot more than what the skins did

  7. 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.

  8. donjuan1906 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    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!

  9. myleathasosoft says: Apr 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    Hopefully they get him! I can’t stand seeing good talent to go Cleveland every year.

  10. medtxpack says: Apr 25, 2012 3:27 PM

    overrated. the Jets i mean…

  11. blacknole08 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:27 PM

    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.

  12. helixir1 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:28 PM

    They just picked up a running back, Tim Tebow!

  13. keyshawn22 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:28 PM

    Trent would look great with us… Hopefully he slides to 7 and we can trade up with jax to get him!!

  14. ftblfan9 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:28 PM

    So was Vernon Ghoulston.

  15. maximusprime107 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:29 PM

    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

  16. ballboy48 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:29 PM

    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!

  17. vontazemebro says: Apr 25, 2012 3:30 PM

    Because a member of the media sits in on NFL business before the draft makes nothing trustworthy.

  18. sellout3871 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:30 PM

    this would be the funniest thing to happen to the City of Cleveland since Lebron left!

  19. hashsview says: Apr 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    Extra cheese Extra Mayo Hero is the No. 1 Sandwich on Rex Ryans what to eat well drafting board.

  20. whatnojets says: Apr 25, 2012 3:31 PM

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

    Sounds about right to me!

  21. degehring says: Apr 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    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…

  22. doctorfootball says: Apr 25, 2012 3:32 PM

    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.

  23. cnyphinfan says: Apr 25, 2012 3:32 PM

    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!!

  24. unitedstateoftexas says: Apr 25, 2012 3:32 PM

    The Jet’s already have a running back. He’ll be seen mostly on kickoffs.

  25. whatnojets says: Apr 25, 2012 3:33 PM

    Also, the long hair must go! Not acceptable by New York standards!

  26. sin101 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:33 PM

    They’re trying to motivate Shonn Greene.

  27. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 25, 2012 3:34 PM

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

  28. bullcharger says: Apr 25, 2012 3:36 PM

    The Jets are in desperate need of depth. A trade to the top 5 would be a waste of picks.

  29. cledawg says: Apr 25, 2012 3:37 PM

    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

  30. jjpt4540 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:37 PM

    They already traded for Tebow why another RB?

  31. beerbaron says: Apr 25, 2012 3:39 PM

    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

  32. whatnojets says: Apr 25, 2012 3:39 PM

    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!!!

  33. rexismybff says: Apr 25, 2012 3:39 PM

    “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

  34. hermanbates says: Apr 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    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.

  35. 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)

  36. purplecrowe says: Apr 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    That is because he is the best player in this draft…

  37. Davo says: Apr 25, 2012 3:40 PM

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

  38. tcostant says: Apr 25, 2012 3:42 PM

    First RB #1 on the Jets board since Blair Thomas. Opps…

  39. patriots55 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:42 PM

    If he goes to jets they will find a way to make him terrible dont let him go to jets

  40. rolltide510 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:43 PM

    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.

  41. devildog911 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:43 PM

    And with that, they will AGAIN win the Super Bowl…

    /sarcasm

  42. swagger52 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:44 PM

    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

  43. seatownballers says: Apr 25, 2012 3:44 PM

    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

  44. purplecrowe says: Apr 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    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

  45. armchairqb says: Apr 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    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.

  46. bubba9er says: Apr 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    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.

  47. bucrightoff says: Apr 25, 2012 3:48 PM

    Its hard to judge how good Keller is because he’s been catching most of his passes from Crapchez.

  48. cooklynn17 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:49 PM

    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!

  49. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 25, 2012 3:49 PM

    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.

  50. eb3110 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:51 PM

    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.

    —————————————————-
    To be fair, you need a quarterback to pass.

  51. bobby2478 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:57 PM

    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.

  52. dynaco says: Apr 25, 2012 3:58 PM

    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!

  53. musicman495 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:58 PM

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

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

  54. trollaikman8 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:59 PM

    Can he block for Tebow in the wildcat?

  55. conormacleod says: Apr 25, 2012 3:59 PM

    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.

  56. barkhardandloud says: Apr 25, 2012 4:01 PM

    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.

  57. areyoudue says: Apr 25, 2012 4:02 PM

    Send Mevi$ to the Vikings for the #3. Stranger things have happened.

  58. dynaco says: Apr 25, 2012 4:03 PM

    They’re likely to move up but it will be for Kalil or Barron.

  59. exhibits5 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:04 PM

    after they trade for t richardson the Jets will dump revis for 2#1s and a starting CB.

  60. clownsfan says: Apr 25, 2012 4:07 PM

    Let the Jets blow their draft. Browns at 4 are gettin’ a stud. Period.

  61. r8rsfan says: Apr 25, 2012 4:11 PM

    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.

  62. cutlerinception69 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:22 PM

    He and Tebow can line up as split backs. The most boring offense you can imagine.

  63. jackblackshairyback says: Apr 25, 2012 4:23 PM

    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.

  64. lawest111 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:24 PM

    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!

  65. muckfodell says: Apr 25, 2012 4:32 PM

    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…

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

    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)

    ———————————————————

    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!

  67. vikefan says: Apr 25, 2012 4:44 PM

    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

  68. rhinojr says: Apr 25, 2012 4:44 PM

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

  69. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 25, 2012 4:55 PM

    “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.

  70. norsedrew says: Apr 25, 2012 5:18 PM

    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!

    ———————————————————

    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)….

  71. grpatriot says: Apr 25, 2012 5:22 PM

    Yeah Baby! Ricky Williams redux……

  72. jagsfanugh says: Apr 25, 2012 5:32 PM

    Tim Tebow and Trent Richardson would be an awesome combo.

  73. Kave Krew says: Apr 25, 2012 7:11 PM

    So if Luck, RG3, and Reichardson are available, the Jets take Richardson????

  74. gbmickey says: Apr 26, 2012 10:02 AM

    Would it shock anyone if the Jets make this Ditkaesque move? Not me.

  75. lionsdetroitcom says: May 5, 2012 12:21 PM

    T.Rich is a BEAST! I look forward to seeing this guy tear up the league.

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