Originally posted on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 4/26/13
New-york-jets-pittsburgh
Are we so sure that Rex Ryan is a lame duck coach who has no influence in Florham Park anymore? Tonight felt an awful lot like many previous drafts with Rex Ryan as the head coach, as the New York Jets selected a defensive lineman in the first round for the third straight year and added a cornerback in the first round for the second time in three years. The results were surprising by anybody’s estimate, considering the Jets had a decent amount of talent at cornerback and defensive line entering into the night particularly in comparison to the rest of their roster. Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson are both very good prospects and were both taken in slots that were reasonable value for them. However, the Jets opted not to trade down in a deep draft in areas of need for them. They also passed on players like Chance Warmack at 9 and Kenny Vaccaro at 13, both of whom would have filled bigger needs than Milliner and Richardson and who would have been strong value at those respective spots. After St. Louis traded into the 8th spot to take Tavon Austin, a highly likely target for the Jets at 9, the team likely reverted back to their board after not being able to find trade down partners. Milliner was considered by some to be the best defensive player in the Draft and will immediately step into the starting line-up over Kyle Wilson. Milliner will also deal with endless comparisons to Darrelle Revis, who was recently traded away to Tampa Bay. We’ve seen Milliner linked to the Jets on more than one occasion and he was the less surprising of the two first round picks, Sheldon Richardson…the defensive tackle from Missouri was a head turner. Again, the Jets clearly stuck to their board and had Richardson ranked as the best player available to them at #13, surprisingly ahead of Star Lotulelei. This selection could indicate more 4-3 looks on the way and also a general lack of confidence in Kenrick Ellis. Richardson is more of a penetrator on the defensive line than a run stuffer. Richardson along with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples could form an unbelievable trio upfront for years to come. Again, both Milliner and Richardson are good prospects but doesn’t this team need to find a way score points? How many years in a row can they take a corner or defensive lineman in the first round? You can’t judge a draft after one round and there is still plenty of talent available for the Jets at 39, which we will get into more tomorrow along with a closer look at Milliner and Richardson. How did everybody out there feel about the picks? Finally, a shout out to everybody who attended the UStadium Draft Party tonight…it was great meeting everybody!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker