Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/13 - Sheldon Richardson, DT, 6-3, 294, Missouri...Viewed as a bit of a reach by many draftniks, but Richardson fills a glaring need for a team that lost its two starting nose tackles and whose rush defense fell to 26th in the NFL last season. Richardson only played two years at Missouri but led the SEC with 75 tackles last year and recorded 30 tackles on third or fourth down. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/13 - Sheldon Richardson, DT, 6-3, 294, Missouri...Viewed as a bit of a reach by many draftniks, but Richardson fills a glaring need for a team that lost its two starting nose tackles and whose rush defense fell to 26th in the NFL last season. Richardson only played two years at Missouri but led the SEC with 75 tackles last year and recorded 30 tackles on third or fourth down. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Richardson answers an immediate need. The Jets released starting nose tackle Sione Po'uha after the season and lost defensive tackle Mike DeVito to the Chiefs as a free agent. Richardson wasn't linked to the Jets in the days and weeks leading up to the draft, nor was he considered the top defensive tackle prospect available. But he was the first defensive tackle taken and should quickly help shore up a run defense that has sagged over the last two years.
In just his second season of Division I ball, Richardson, who spent his first two years in junior college, was named second-team All-SEC after registering a league-high 75 tackles, including 10.5 for loss. Thirty of his tackles came on third or fourth down. He also had 4.5 sacks and won acclaim for his play as a pass rusher and in coverage over the middle. That could come in especially handy for the Jets, who have to go up against the Patriots' tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez twice a year.
Like Milliner, Richardson does come with some medical red flags: He also had shoulder surgery following his final season. One thing he certainly doesn't lack is confidence. Asked to describe himself during a conference call late Thursday, Richardson said he was a "Sheldon Richardson-type of player." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 10. DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri (6-3, 294, 4JR)...Richardson is a disruptive force when firing on all cylinders. He needs to improve his pad level and stay under control, but his natural athleticism is impressive. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 10. *Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: Richardson is a polarizing prospect because he has been a dominant player for only one season, and therefore carries risk. He's the only defensive tackle I saw all year long hold up to the awesome Alabama interior offensive line, recording a game-high 14 tackles in that contest. He finished 2012 only four tackles behind linebacker Andrew Wilson as Missouri's leading tackler with 75 stops, and led all SEC interior defensive linemen in this category. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/25/13 - 2013 Missouri Pro Day: Sheldon Richardson earns points with scouts for working out...Representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Missouri on March 7, where 12 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. The St. Louis Rams were well-represented at the pro day, with assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, as well as assistant defensive line and linebacker coaches, in attendance.
Sheldon Richardson, DT (6-2 7/8, 295) - Richardson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.89 seconds (topping his official combine 40 time of 5.02). He did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.33 seconds. Richardson really impressed the scouts on hand because he was informed by his agent to not do anything at the pro day. Instead, Richardson showed he was a competitor, willing to jump in and do the workout. He was really good in the positional workout, and it helped his draft status to work out. Richardson is going to be a first-round pick (recent mock drafts published on NFL.com project Richardson going as high as No. 14 to the Carolina Panthers). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com