September 22, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (34) gets instruction from the sidelines in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri Tigers: 2013 NFL Draft Player Profile

Height:  6’4″

Weight:  295 pounds

Position Rank:

Drafted By: New York Jets (1st round, 13th overall)

40 Yard Dash:  4.96

Bench Press:  30

Vertical Jump:  32″

Broad Jump:  9’8″

Career Stats

2012

Tackles
G Solo Assisted Total Total/G
11 39 36 75 6.82
Tackles For Loss
G TFL TFL Yards TFL/G
11 10.5 50 0.96
Sacks
G Sacks Sack Yards Sacks/G
11 4.0 26 0.36
Misc. Defense
G Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Fumbles Forced Kicks/Punts Blocked
11 3 7 3 1

2011

Tackles
G Solo Assisted Total Total/G
13 15 22 37 2.85
Tackles For Loss
G TFL TFL Yards TFL/G
13 8.0 31 0.62
Sacks
G Sacks Sack Yards Sacks/G
13 2.0 16 0.15
Misc. Defense
G Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Fumbles Forced Kicks/Punts Blocked
13 1 2 1 0

 

Scouting Report/Player Notes

  • Strong, stout defensive tackle prospect
  • Plays with a good center of gravity, doesn’t get too high very often
  • Sometimes plays standing up, better utilizing his quickness
  • Love his quickness off the ball, and his ability to penetrate
  • Size indicates he could play end in a 3-4, but I think he best fits in a 4-3
  • Does a good job of using his hands
  • Could stand to add a bit of weight without losing quickness, probably finding a home in the 305-310 range.
  • Does a good job getting under the pads of offensive linemen, causing the pocket to collapse quickly on quarterbacks
  • Upper body strength allows him to push through the line with ease
  • Good pursuit and hustle for a defensive tackle
  • Does a good job of getting upfield on passing downs, and Missouri utilized him in creative ways (stunts, off the edge, standing up)

Bottom Line:

Richardson will be one of the first DTs selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has a very dynamic skill set for a 4-3 defensive tackle and could be an ideal fit for a 4-3 defensive scheme. He should be a lock for the top 32 picks unless off-field issues arise.

 

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