Rookie Review: Jets' Sheldon Richardson 

December, 9, 2013
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JetsAP Photo/John BazemoreRookie Sheldon Richardson has made a positive impact for the Jets' D in 2013.
Heading into Week 15, the New York Jets are currently ranked 11th overall in total defense but hold the 29th ranking in total offense ahead of Dallas, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville (and Dallas plays the Bears on "Monday Night Football"). It’s not hard to figure out the disparity between the two units.

First, head coach Rex Ryan holds a defensive background leading from his days as the defensive coordinator in Baltimore. Looking back at the Jets' drafts since Ryan took the reins in January 2009, New York has used five of its six total first-round picks, including five straight, on the defensive side of the ball. QB Mark Sanchez has been the lone offensive player drafted by the Jets in the first round since Ryan's first draft in 2009.

Recently, the Jets have had a heavy focus on the defensive front line. In fact, they have used a first-round pick on a defensive lineman in three consecutive drafts. In 2011, they selected DT Muhammad Wilkerson (Temple) with the 30th overall pick while also selecting DT Kenrick Ellis (Hampton) in the third round. A year later, the Jets selected Quinton Coples (North Carolina) with the 16th overall pick.