Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) is introduced as the number thirteen overall pick to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft New York Jets Select Sheldon Richardson With the 13th Draft Pick

The New York Jets traded one of the best defensive players in the league cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. As the Buccaneers got a heck of a star cornerback at a somewhat reasonable six-year deal worth $96 million, but none is guaranteed money. Revis also got the best end of the deal as he was supposed to make only $6 million if he stayed with the Jets, but with the Bucs he got himself a $10 million raise.

As the New York Jets picked defense tackle Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri with the Buccaneers 13th overall pick, did the Jets also got themselves a good deal too? While some club’s rosters look good on paper, I can tell that in the Jets situation, there is no looking good even on paper as the team have significant needs to address. And to tell the truth, the Bucs are the winner of the first-round draft even with the Jets 9th pick selection of cornerback Dee Milliner and the 13th pick selection of defense tackle Sheldon Richardson.

At 6’2”, 294 lbs, Richardson offers great quickness and strength making him a strong tackler in close quarters and show persistence if he sees the ball in the quarterback’s hands. Since the Jets showed concern with the Revis injury, it does not make much sense in drafting Richardson as he needs to prove that he is gaining strength due a shoulder surgery during the offseason.

Although he posses great athleticism, the Jets still have a lot of work to do, and by the Jets fan reaction, this pick will not cut it.

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