- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are some thoughts on the possibility of Richardson and the Jets.
This seems like a reach. Unless Richardson has a free-fall to the bottom of the top 10 or early teens, I don't see how this as a strong possibility. The Jets would have to give up a lot to move into the top five or seven picks. The Cleveland Browns are linked to Richardson as high as No. 4. To New York's credit, the team does have 10 picks in this draft. That's a lot of capital. But are the Jets willing to give up three, four or five of their picks to move up and take a running back? I don't see it.
New York's interest in Richardson does provide more insight into new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's philosophy. The Jets want to run the ball a ton next season. New York already acquired Tim Tebow, a running quarterback, to provide a unique jolt to the ground game. Trying to land the best running back in the draft says even more that "ground and pound" is staying in New York.
Finally, I also think this shows the team isn't as high on starting tailback Shonn Greene as the Jets want people to believe. The Jets always backed Greene, even during his struggles. Greene recorded his first 1,000-yard season in 2011. But for the most part, he's been a disappointment. Greene lacks explosiveness and big-play capability. Richardson brings that. Greene was at his best in a complementary role, not as a feature tailback. Perhaps the Jets realized this after last season.
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