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Special Jets Draft Spotlight: RB Trent Richardson

By Alan Schechter

Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson (3) carries the ball during the BCS National Championship game agains the LSU Tigers at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

With the sudden reports that the Jets confirmed contact information with this guy, and the possibility that they may trade up, we take a special look this afternoon at this “can’t miss” prospect. If you don’t know him by the picture, it’s RB Trent Richardson from the University of Alabama.

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He measured at 5’9″ 228 pounds.

In 2011, he rushed the ball 283 times for 1,679 yards a 5.9 average per carry, and 21 TDs.

Pros: He is an explosive and powerful running back, that has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson.  His physical ability makes him adept at breaking arm tackles and gets him good leverage in pass protection.  He is a talented receiver out of the backfield as well.

Cons: The only real negative I have heard has to do with the system that he is in.  Alabama had a quite experienced offensive line, and as such, the system and the blocking schemes got him to the next level without too much effort.  He might have to show he can be explosive at the next level without the benefit of the experienced offensive line at Alabama.

He’s clearly a wonderful football player. He looks like he will make a huge difference at the next level. I just don’t know if they should give up a king’s ransom to get this guy. To me, the pick would mark the end of Shonn Greene is a Jets uniform, and I am not ready to give up on the guy after being the starter for only one season, and a season that they played from behind a lot.