In Richardson, the Jets get a defensive tackle that can further scramble opposing offensive lines. Ryan said the move allows them to vary their fronts more, potentially leading to more 4-3 looks.
With Florida’s Sharrif Floyd and Utah’s Star Lotulelei still on the board — considered the class of the defensive tackle group — it was Richardson’s rare movement skills that swayed them to make the call.
"His athletic ability, his change of direction is uncanny," Jeff Bauer, the Jets’ director of player personnel, said yesterday. "We were talking, I don’t know if we’ve seen a defensive tackle — we can’t think of one — like this."