NFL Draft: Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson drafted 13th overall by New York Jets
41 Action News Staff
4:27 AM, Apr 26, 2013
5:17 AM, Apr 26, 2013
NEW YORK - University of Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was selected 13th overall by the New York Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Jets and Rex Ryan loaded up on defense in the first round after also taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the No. 9 pick. New York acquired the 13th pick from Tampa Bay for cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday.
Richardson spent just two seasons in Columbia, but made a big impact in his limited time there.
Sidelined for part of the 2011 season by a shoulder injury, Richardson still earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.
When Missouri moved to the SEC in 2012, he was one of the lone bright spots on a team that had few to speak of in their first season in a new conference.
Richardson led all SEC interior defensive linemen with 75 tackles and added 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Richardson, who's 6-foot-2 and 294 pounds, adds depth to a defensive front that includes two other first-rounders in Muhammad Wilkerson (2011) and Quinton Coples (2012).
He could compete with Kenrick Ellis, the team's third-round pick in 2011, to be the Jets' starting nose tackle after the team released veteran Sione Po'uha.