With training camps either underway or about to be, the remaining unsigned first-round picks have been busily putting pen to paper. A day after three first-rounders signed (Bjoern Werner, Desmond Trufant and Datone Jones), the Jets, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, agreed to terms with one of their two top picks: defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.
Richardson, a 6-3, 294-pound defensive tackle out of Missouri, was selected 13th overall, four picks after the Jets took Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who remains unsigned. According to TheJetsBlog.com, and based on the slotting system for all first-round rookies, Richardson is expected to sign a four-year deal worth roughly $10 million.
NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang describes Richardson as "(having) a thick trunk conducive to standing his ground in short-yardage situations," as well as being "quick off the snap," and showing "the burst to slip through gaps before trap blocks can be effective." Rang adds that Richardson has "excellent recognition to disengage from blocks and put himself in position to make plays."
Coach Rex Ryan said Richardson was impressive during May minicamps.
"On defense, it's pretty obvious who popped out there," Ryan said at the time. "I mean Sheldon Richardson was good. Uh yeah, he was impressive to say the least. Guy loves to play, you can already tell that. That practice, you could have doubled that practice he would have been fine."
Shoring up the defensive line was a need for the Jets, and they appear to have done that with Richardson, but the team heads into camp without any obvious offensive playmakers.