Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Cornerback Dee Milliner (Alabama) is introduced as the ninth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Well the picks are in for the Jets tonight, Dee Milliner at number 9, and Sheldon Richardson #13. Time to bring you some thoughts from around the land of the draft experts. Here is Sayre Bedinger of NFL Mocks, First on Milliner
The Jets picked Dee Milliner, and he will take over the spot being vacated by All-Pro Darrelle Revis. Milliner is our top ranked cornerback, and he has insane closing speed with great size and despite his health concerns, I think this is a really good pick for the Jets coming off the Revis trade.
And now for Richardson:
This is an interesting pick for the Jets. Richardson is a freakishly athletic defensive lineman, but he was considered to be a better fit for a 4-man front. Clearly the Jets are planning on using some different looks up front with Richardson in the fold along with last year’s first round pick, Quinton Coples. Richardson is the first defensive tackle off the board.
Now let’s hear from Pete Prisco on Milliner:
The Jets had bigger needs, even with the trade of Darrelle Revis. I guess Kyle Wilson is just a nickel corner. Don’t like it.
and on Richardson:
Richardson is a heck of a player, but does he fill the need? I love the player, but not for this team. Weird.
Here is the Russ Lande of National Football Post on Milliner:
After trading Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jets fill his spot in the secondary with the acquisition of Alabama’s Dee Milliner. A muscular and well built cornerback, Milliner is productive playing press man coverage as he can flip his hips to turn and run without losing a step and has the speed to stay with receivers deep down the field. Not only productive in press, Milliner also shines playing zone coverage. He likely will be the Jets’ best cornerback by the end of 2013.
And Lande talking about Richardson:
The Jets needed pass rush help so they went out and grabbed the most explosive off-the-ball interior defensive lineman in the draft. Richardson plays with a passion and intensity that is hard to find and constantly makes plays chasing down ball carriers all over the field. Not only productive making plays against the run, his ability to get into the backfield so quickly allows him to consistently disrupt plays. Richardson’s athleticism and competitive nature will enable him to play both defensive end spots in the Jets 3-4 defense.
We’ll have more reaction tomorrow night when the picks come in.