Addition of Richardson bolsters Jets defense

Addition of Richardson bolsters Jets defense
April 25, 2013, 10:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- It's true, the Jets need a lot of things. One of them's a pass rusher. And to fill that hole, they picked former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson at No. 13 overall.  

It's no secret the Jets had to hit the reset button on 2013; that's what happens after a mass roster exodus. New York had to spend both its first-round picks and it needed to do so wisely.

You'd think the bar wouldn't be astronomically high, seeing as there are so many positions to fill and New York can take the best available player per turn. But taking Richardson at 13 and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner at No. 9 is better than good business. It means the addition of two solid building blocks. 

Quinton Coples, Kenrick Ellis, and Muhammad Wilkerson will likely anchor the defensive line. Two San Diego imports, D-tackle Antonio Garay and outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, were signed for added support. 

And now Richardson. New York's 6-foot-2, 294-pound rookie is an excellent athlete who shined in SEC football. The Jets defensive front just got a little scary.