The Jets got a player to try to fill the hole left by the Darrelle Revis trade with their first pick in the first round and now they’ve added another piece to what could be Rex Ryan’s last defense as the team’s head coach.
After taking up nearly the entire 10 minutes allotted for their pick, the Jets decided to pick Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. The long wait makes one think the Jets were trying to trade down without finding any buyers for their selection. That makes three first round picks in a row on defensive linemen, with Richardson following Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson to New Jersey.
Unlike Coples and Wilkerson, Richardson projects to line up on the inside of the line. With Sione Pouha gone, the Jets have a need for someone to fill that role so Richardson should have a good shot at starting from day one. Richardson is smaller than Pouha, but his quickness and ability to penetrate will be useful to a Jets team that needs to pressure more pockets in 2013.
If Ryan’s fighting for his job, the Jets are letting him do it on the defensive side of the ball. Given the state of the offense, that’s not a bad idea but the Jets will still need more help rushing quarterbacks if they are going to pitch shutouts every week.