2017 NFL Draft

Sheldon Richardson, DT

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 294 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
04/25/2013 - 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

04/25/2013 - 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

03/08/2013 - 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

03/08/2013 - 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

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Richardson, a junior tackle, became Mizzou's first-ever All-SEC designee, as he was named to the 2nd-team for his outstanding play in 2012. Richardson led all SEC interior linemen with 75 tackles (2nd-best on the Tiger squad).

The St. Louis, Mo. native tied for the team lead with 10.5 tackles for loss, and was second on the team with his 4.0 quarterback sacks. He added a team-best seven QB hurries, broke up three passes, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick on the season, as well. - Missouri football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DT - Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Richardson, a junior tackle, became Mizzou's first-ever All-SEC designee, as he was named to the 2nd-team for his outstanding play in 2012. Richardson led all SEC interior linemen with 75 tackles (2nd-best on the Tiger squad).

The St. Louis, Mo. native tied for the team lead with 10.5 tackles for loss, and was second on the team with his 4.0 quarterback sacks. He added a team-best seven QB hurries, broke up three passes, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick on the season, as well. - Missouri football

11/30/2012 - Mizzou DT Richardson declares for NFL draft...Missouri announced on Friday that junior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He set several career bests in 2012 with 75 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. Richardson also had three forced fumbles, a blocked kick and a 60-yard fumble return.

"This has been my dream ever since I was a little kid," said Richardson. "It's still not easy leaving Mizzou like this, but I know I'm ready." Richardson is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-ranked DT for next April's NFL draft and a projected mid-first-round pick. He is currently slotted in the top-20 of mock drafts by NFL Draft Analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler. "I really appreciate all the support I got here at Mizzou, and I know that they will help me and my family with his next step. I'll always be a Tiger."

The St. Louis native spent two seasons with the Tigers after two years at the JUCO level. He attended the College of the Sequoias (Calif.) out of high school and transferred to the FBS in 2010, receiving multiple offers from programs like Southern Cal before deciding to return home and enroll at Missouri.

It was a disappointing season for Missouri (5-7), which won't be playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2004. But it was a breakout year for Richardson, who finished second on the team in tackles. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/27/2012 - Like most football lifers, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is a creature of habit. So rather than linger over a disappointing SEC debut that saw the Tigers go 5-7 and break a seven-year streak of bowl appearances, the 60-year-old coach showed up ready for work on Monday, starting with his usual 5 a.m. weightlifting session. "I love what I do," Pinkel told reporters Tuesday, quickly dispelling rumors of his pending retirement or even a change by his bosses. "I couldn't wait to get into work." Pinkel said he has no plans to make dramatic changes to the team's once-prolific spread offense or other schemes and will retain his entire coaching staff, most of whom have been by his side for years. That doesn't mean more modest modifications aren't in order.

On defense, Pinkel seemed fairly certain that defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will not return for his senior season, calling the mercurial lineman who missed a narrow home loss to Syracuse for violating team rules a likely first-round pick in the NFL draft. "If I was a betting man, I'd think he's going to go," Pinkel said. - AP Sports

11/19/2012 - Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will play Saturday at No. 9 Texas A&M after he was suspended for last week's 31-27 loss to Syracuse for violating team rules. Coach Gary Pinkel also said Monday that quarterback James Franklin is questionable for the game after suffering a concussion on an option play in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss.

Richardson's 70 tackles are second-most on the team and rank first in the Southeastern Conference among interior defensive linemen. The Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) gave up 508 yards to Syracuse. Franklin has missed three starts this year because of shoulder and knee injuries after starting all 13 games in 2011. Backup Corbin Berkstresser will start if Franklin isn't able to play. - AP Sports

11/17/2012 - Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was not uniform for the home finale against Syracuse after several media outlets reported earlier in the week that the junior had been suspended for academic reasons. The school did not make any announcement. The 295-pound Richardson has 70 tackles, tied for the team lead with Will Ebner, including seven last week in an overtime victory at Tennessee. He leads SEC interior linemen in tackles and is second on the team with four sacks. Senior Jimmy Burge was in Richardson's spot during warm-ups Saturday night. Burge started six games in 2010. - AP Sports

11/16/2012 - Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is not expected to play in Saturday's home finale against Syracuse while serving a one-game suspension for breaking team rules, multiple team sources confirmed Thursday. Senior Jimmy Burge will start in place of Richardson, an All-Southeastern Conference candidate who leads the Tigers with 70 tackles. Team spokesman Chad Moller declined comment on the situation. The Tigers (5-5) play host to Syracuse (5-5) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, needing one more win to qualify for bowl eligibility. - Dave Matter, The Columbia Tribune

10/15/2012 - Week 7 Rewind: One relative ray of sunshine for Gary Pinkel's team was the stellar play of redshirt junior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Despite often facing double-teams from Alabama center Barrett Jones, the reigning Outland Trophy winner and right guard Anthony Steen, Richardson recorded a game-high 14 tackles, including the sack of Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron that caused every Alabama fan to hold their breath while their star signal-caller was helped to the sideline. While Bama faithful might have locked onto McCarron as team doctors looked closely at his right knee on the training table, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Richardson whose efforts captured the attention of talent evaluators. Demonstrating a unique combination of size, strength and agility, Richardson was a constant burr in the side of McCarron, showing the flexibility and technique to "get skinny" through gaps and pressure the quarterback, as well as force Alabama's running backs to adjust shortly after getting the handoff. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/15/2012 - Week 7 Rewind: With star quarterback James Franklin sidelined (sprained knee), everything had to go perfectly for Missouri to be able to give Alabama a competitive game. The Tigers hardly got that, fighting the typically dominant size, strength and athleticism from the Crimson Tide, as well as a torrential rain and lightning storm that led to the game being delayed 38 minutes in the second quarter. Even with Richardson's stellar game, Alabama rushed for 362 yards in this contest, often by rushing up the middle. To do so, they had to trick Richardson, who often lined up in the A-gap between Jones and Steen and consistently beat them with his quickness. The Tide's veteran duo allowed him to do so, at times, giving him a free rush upfield before sealing him off and even occasionally knocking him to the ground with effective trap blocks. Often, however, Richardson bounced back up and pursued hard laterally and downfield, helping to ease some of the concerns scouts have held about his consistency. With so much attention being heaped upon talented defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Star Lotulelei (among others), Richardson has quietly played just as well this season and he's doing it against SEC competition. A year ago, the combination of pass rush ability and impressive performances against top SEC offensive lines helped Fletcher Cox emerge as the top defensive tackle in the 2012 NFL draft. Richardson could be poised for a similar leap up draft boards. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/13/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri*: Having signed with Missouri in 2009 as one of the more highly touted prep players in the entire country, much has been expected of Richardson (pictured above) throughout his career. Unfortunately for Tigers' fans, he's had a few detours along the way, most notably a stop at the College of the Sequoias when he wasn't able to fulfill his initial academic obligations at Missouri. After briefly considering signing with Southern Cal following his junior college stint, Richardson returned to Missouri amid great fanfare a season ago. He wasn't handed the starting job but even while working his way up the depth chart, demonstrated the strength and athleticism to pique the interest of NFL scouts. Richardson earned honorable mention all-conference honors with 37 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two sacks last season and despite the competition improving this season with Missouri's move to the SEC, the redshirt junior has been even better, recording 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks already. The competition, however, doesn't get any tougher at the collegiate level than this week when Missouri hosts No. 1 Alabama and the best duo of interior linemen in the country in seniors Barrett Jones, the reigning Outland Trophy winner, and Chance Warmack, each of whom rank my top 32 overall prospects for the 2013 NFL draft. With a strong showing against the Tide, Richardson could put himself in position to join his SEC linemates. This game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm eastern and will be televised by CBS. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: DT SHELDON RICHARDSON (Missouri) -- Registered nine tackles, two for losses including a sack, and a QB pressure against Central Florida. - SEC football

09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: DT SHELDON RICHARDSON (Missouri) -- Had career-high 9 tackles with 1.5 for losses including a half-sack and a QB pressure against Arizona State. - SEC football

09/11/2012 - DT Sheldon Richardson made headlines last weekend after dubbing Georgia's brand of play "old-man football." After the Bulldogs began to pull away in the fourth quarter, Georgia fans in the southwest corner of Memorial Stadium began chanting the same phrase, only growing louder as the game ended. After the game, Richardson did not speak with the media. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2012 - There aren't any typical rivalry games on Missouri's schedule this season, but defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is doing his best to manufacture his own. After Missouri's 62-10 victory over Southeastern Louisiana, Richardson was asked if he watched any of Georgia's game against Buffalo. Richardson said he had, but then turned it off. When asked why, Richardson's response was blunt: "It's like watching Big Ten football," Richardson told The Columbia Daily Tribune. "That's old-man football." Needless to say, Richardson's remarks caused a stir in the media and with fans. Georgia coach Mark Richt largely brushed off questions about Richardson. "I don't know what he meant by that, but bottom-line, we need to get after it," Richt said on Sunday. Richardson wasn't available for comment on Monday, serving an unofficial "suspension" from talking to the media. But, his statement on Saturday adds a little more fuel to an already explosive game. It's the first conference game in Missouri's SEC career. It's at home, at night and on national TV. Richt said playing Missouri on the road to start the conference season "is not the best draw." Any way it's dissected, Saturday's game is one of the biggest in the history of Memorial Stadium. Now, Richardson gave it a new dimension. "Some guys get all fired up about that," Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe said. "I don't pay too much attention to it because I think, if you're worried about what other guys are saying and you're going to play harder because someone said something about you, you're probably not playing the game right in the first place." - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: It's tough to gauge where Missouri's defense stands after playing an overmatched opponent. But, the Tigers forced four turnovers and totaled four sacks, good numbers against any team. Missouri's secondary will get tested early and often against Georgia's three-year starter at quarterback, Aaron Murray, but the front four will be counted on to get pressure and help the back seven in the passing game. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Sheldon Richardson has done plenty of talking and needs to back it up. He's Missouri's most talented defensive tackle and he'll play a huge part in stopping Georgia's run game, particularly talented freshman RB Todd Gurley. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2012 - You might think that as the new kids on the SEC's block, Missouri's players would be a bit cautious about handing their opponents some bulletin-board material. Tiger defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, however, wants to let you know you'd think wrong. With his team's hotly anticipated SEC debut against Georgia on deck for this Saturday, Richardson was asked by the Columbia Daily Tribune if he'd watched the Bulldogs' ho-hum 45-23 win over Buffalo. "I watched that game. I turned it off, too," Richardson said. "It's like watching Big Ten football. It's old-man football." That will no doubt be news to the Bulldogs (partciularly given that between Aaron Murray's repeated attempts to go deep and Todd Gurley's big plays, creating offensive excitement was far from Georgia's problem). And we're not sure many people would find the Tigers' 62-10 annihilation of outmanned FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana appointment viewing, either. But that wasn't all Richardson had to say about the upcoming showdown. "If we execute," he said, "nobody in this league can touch us. Period." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

08/08/2012 - Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is starting his second season in the Tigers' program, but he's still checking off firsts. He just completed his first summer conditioning session at Mizzou and is now in his first full set of two-a-days. He's still looking forward to his first spring game. What that means was that as far as football went, until he started hitting the weights this summer following shoulder surgery that kept him out of spring ball, all Richardson had been able to do at Mizzou was play a season of football. Conditioning, training, all the other stuff goes into making a football player good hadn't had a chance to happen. "Now he's had an entire summer," coach Gary Pinkel said Tuesday, "which helps you develop discipline, it helps you to become tougher and to learn about what we do and the attention to detail it takes. It helps develop players." So it's a testament to Richardson's God-given talent that he has done as well as he has in his brief time at Mizzou. And it's a reason why the Tigers have such optimism in how he'll do now that he's gotten a chance to put in offseason work. "It's good to be back out here," Richardson said, "to get things going, to get back in the rhythm of things where I left off in December. Getting back into it." "If you look at Sheldon Richardson today from this same time last year," said defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, "it's almost night and day. And last year he looked good, trust me. He looked real good. You're seeing a much improved guy, a more mature player, a more mature competitor. He's playing with more discipline and he's got a great attitude." - Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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