Could Jets steal Richardson from Browns?
April, 25, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
The popular pick for the Cleveland Browns at No. 4 is Alabama running back Trent Richardson. But what if he's not there?
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio is hearing rumblings that the New York Jets might trade up to No. 3, one spot ahead of the Browns, to grab Richardson. Also, according to ESPNNewYork's Rich Cimini, Richardson said the Jets called him Sunday to verify correct contact info just in case they trade up for him.
This would be a costly move up from No. 16 for the Jets, although it won't be as drastic as the Atlanta Falcons jumping up 21 spots last year. The odds are probably against the Jets making such a move, but you can't discount it because the Jets have moved up in the past.
This would be another setback for the Browns, who also lost out on the chance to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III. Some would say the Browns' next option is wide receiver Justin Blackmon or offensive tackle Matt Kalil, but I wouldn't rule out LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Basing it on best player and not need, Claiborne is the better pick. Blackmon, though, would address a bigger need at wide receiver.
If the Jets do steal Richardson from Cleveland, the best move the Browns could make is trade back. With Richardson off the board, there's not an offensive player who warrants a top-five pick and can fill a need for Cleveland. Kalil is a good prospect, but teams don't take right tackles that high. The Browns' game plan should be to fall back and see if they can draft Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd.