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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11/27/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. Richardson, whom the Jets selected 13th overall in April's draft, had a sack, 23 tackles and seven quarterback hurries in three games this month. He has established himself as one of the leading candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors by becoming a starter for the Jets and racking up 3.5 sacks, 59 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed in 11 games.
09/25/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. Richardson has yet to miss a game, but head coach Rex Ryan said Richardson has been bothered by a shoulder ailment for weeks. Richardson told Newsday that he has a shoulder contusion. Richardson has eight tackles and 1.5 sacks this season.
09/18/13 - DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday but doesn't appear to be in danger of missing the Jets' game against the Bills on Sunday. Richardson told the Metro New York newspaper that he was suffering from a stinger. Coach Rex Ryan lauded the toughness of Richardson, whom the Jets selected in the first round of April's draft, during his press conference Wednesday.
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
03/08/13 - 2013 Missouri Pro Day: Sheldon Richardson swaggered around Dan Devine Pavilion on Thursday, a smile plastered on his face. Missouri’s Pro Day was finally here, and this was a day Richardson had been waiting on for a while. The big defensive tackle has long prided himself on his athleticism - he’s quick to state that linemen can be athletes, too - which is why he’d been stewing since Feb. 25, the day he ran a 5.02 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. “I had to (wipe) that five off the record,” Richardson said. Richardson, it appears, did just that. After running in front of a crowd filled with family, friends, teammates and 20-plus NFL scouts, Richardson said afterward that a scout clocked him at times of 4.71 and 4.82 in the 40-yard dash, perhaps proving his Combine time was an aberration.
And afterward, Richardson - who checked in at 6-feet-2, 294 pounds at the Combine - seemingly could not have been in a better mood. He lingered near a fence on the field, talking to friends, before smiling and bellowing one of his oh-so-familiar lines to no one in particular. “You ain’t never seen 300 pounds look this good,” Richardson said with a laugh.
“The whole NFL wants Sheldon Richardson,” said Richardson, who tied for second on the team in tackles as a junior last season with 75 and also had 10˝ tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries and four sacks. - Terez A. Paylor, The Kansas City Star
03/08/13 - 2013 Missouri Pro Day: The Rams had a six-person contingent on hand, headed by college scouting director Taylor Morton and assistant head coach Dave McGinnis. Also there for St. Louis were assistant defensive line coach Clyde Simmons and assistant linebackers coach Joe Bowden, an obvious sign of the team’s interest in Richardson and linebacker Zaviar Gooden. But back to Richardson. When asked if Dogra was mad at him, a grinning Richardson replied: “He’s all right. We talked it over.”
Richardson explained that some NFL teams had asked him to perform the shuttle and 3-cone drills. “And I did it,” Richardson said. “Nothing to hide. Nothing at all.” In his two 40-yard dashes, Richardson’s times ranged from 4.71 seconds to 4.82, which is really moving for someone a couple Quarter Pounders shy of 300 pounds. After running a respectable 5.02 at the Combine, Richardson was happy with his improvement. “Yeah. Big time,” said Richardson, who played at Gateway Tech High. “I had to change that ‘5’ off my record.” - Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch