Sheldon Richardson   #93 DT

Height: 6-3   Weight: 295   Age: 27

Born: 11/29/1990 St. Louis , MO

College: Missouri

Experience: 6th season

High School: Gateway Tech HS [St. Louis, MO]

TCKL

8

SCK

1.0

FF

0

INT

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Draft 2013

Pick No.13

Selected By: New York Jets

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 13 (13)

Pick Analysis: Richardson could have gone anywhere to play major college football after his stint at the College of the Sequoias, as he was one of the top junior college prospects in the country even with missing all but two games of the 2010 season there because of a wrist injury. But the former star player at St. Louis' Gateway Tech High School decided to return home instead of going to Southern California, Miami (Fla.), or an SEC power.




He originally planned on signing with Missouri out of high school, after being rated the top defensive lineman in the country by several recruiting services (he had 19 sacks as a senior, also eight touchdowns as a tight end), but did not qualify academically. There were some anxious moments before the 2011 season as well, because Richardson needed to finish course work in August before the NCAA deemed he was eligible to play for the Tigers. He played through a shoulder injury (which required surgery in the offseason) and only started two games on the year, but made enough plays as a reserve (37 tackles, eight for loss, two sacks) to garner honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from league coaches.




Missouriís move to the SEC coincided with Richardson taking over one of the starting defensive tackle positions. Richardson had a standout season, earning second-team All-SEC honors as one of the lone bright spots on a Missouri team that was often overmatched against superior competition. He led all interior defensive linemen in the conference in tackles (75), adding 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for good measure.

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  1. 2013 Draft profile: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

    Published: April 17, 2013 at 04:49 p.m.

    A look at the college highlights of Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

  2. Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson pro comparison

    Published: March 18, 2013 at 04:09 p.m.

    Find out which standout DT from the Bengals reminds Bucky Brooks of Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson.

  3. First Draft: Sheldon Richardson

    Published: March 4, 2013 at 07:10 p.m.

    University of Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson recounts his expereince playing against Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in college and what he thinks draft day is going to be like.

  4. 2013 Combine workout: Sheldon Richardson

    Published: Feb. 26, 2013 at 03:00 a.m.

    Watch Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson work out at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

  5. 2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Sheldon Richardson

    Published: Feb. 25, 2013 at 07:00 a.m.

    Watch Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

  6. NFL Fan Pass: Sheldon Richardson

    Published: Feb. 20, 2013 at 06:13 p.m.

    Sheldon Richardson answers fans' questions at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

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