Could the New York Jets Trade Up to No. 3 in the NFL Draft for Trent Richardson?

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 25, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It's hard to believe anything you hear this close to the NFL draft, but I believe ESPN New York Jets beat writer Rich Cimini when he tweets this:


At NFL event today, Trent Richardson said #Jets called him Sunday to verify correct contact info just in case they trade up for him. Hmm.

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 25, 2012


Of course, the Jets are probably just covering their bases, but this jives with Minnesota GM Rick Spielman saying talks for No. 3 were "heating up". Spielman might be blowing smoke, but the idea of this trade isn't as crazy as it sounds at first glance.


Minnesota Wants a Package Like the Rams Got for No. 6

The Vikings would probably be happy with USC OT Matt Kalil or LSU CB Morris Claiborne at No. 3, but any team that would give a king's ransom is outside of the strike zone for those players.

A team like the Jets at No. 16 would probably "go the extra mile" and include next year's first-round pick plus more to get into the top three.


Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum's Seats Are Warming Up

The Jets went from back-to-back AFC title games to a team with a disintegrating offense and locker room. Trading a fourth-round pick for Tim Tebow gives off the scent of desperation.

Trading away future first-round picks? If the Jets don't reverse course from last year, Ryan and Tannenbaum might not be there to use them anyway.


Mike Tannenbaum Isn't Afraid to Make Huge Moves in the First Round

Tannenbaum dealt up to No. 14 in 2007, and we all know how that turned out. Mark Sanchez has been on the decline, but for the two years following the move up to No. 5, it looked like a stroke of genius.

Trent Richardson is a once-every-five-years kind of prospect, and we know how much the Jets love to run the ball. If Tebow becomes the QB, that adds even more value to an elite back like Richardson.

The first two picks of the draft will have zero suspense, but stories like this will give us lots to think about while the Minnesota Vikings are on the clock.