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With attention on Geno Smith, 1st-rounder Sheldon Richardson impresses during Jets rookie camp

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    New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a first-round pick out of Missouri, poses for the media after practice at NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 10, 2013, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91), a first-round draft pick out of Missouri, listens to defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, right, during NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 10, 2013, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (The Associated Press)

While nearly all of the media attention has been on Geno Smith at New York Jets rookie camp, Sheldon Richardson has impressed his coaches with some solid practices.

Richardson was a first-round draft pick two weeks ago — unlike Smith, who was a second-rounder. But the big defensive lineman out of Missouri wasn't even the Jets' first pick. That was cornerback Dee Milliner, who was taken No. 9 overall — four spots ahead of Richardson.

Milliner hasn't practiced, and probably won't fully participate until training camp in July as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. But Rex Ryan certainly likes what he has seen from Richardson, saying he has "popped out" on the field. Good start for the 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman who stunningly once returned kicks in high school.