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Sheldon Richardson thinks he’d be the first pick in a redraft

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Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson wasn’t the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft.  He wasn’t even the first pick in his team’s draft, going second behind cornerback Dee Milliner.

But Richardson now believes that he’s done enough through 14 weeks to justify being the first guy taken in a hypothetical do-over draft.

Probably No. 1, most likely,” Richardson said of his prospects, via Matt Ehalt of ESPN.com.  “Kansas City?  Yeah.  I went into the draft thinking I’d be the No. 1 pick.  I had a shot.”

Another candidate for the top pick in a Mulligan draft would be Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, who went one spot after Richardson.  Coincidentally, their teams square off this weekend.

“Thirteen, 14 and now we’re both going for defensive rookies of the year,” Richardson said.  “Can’t ask for much better than that.”

While it’s too early to label the underachieving top-10 picks as bust, Richardson and Lotulelei likely would both go higher if the teams knew then what they know now.

The twelve taken before Richardson and Lotulelei were:  (1) Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher; (2) Jaguars tackle Luke Joeckel; (3) Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan; (4) Eagles tackle Lane Johnson; (5) Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah; (6) Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo; (7) Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper; (8) Rams receiver Tavon Austin; (9) Milliner; (10) Titans guard Chance Warmack; (11) Chargers tackle D.J. Fluker; and (12) Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden.

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28 Responses to “Sheldon Richardson thinks he’d be the first pick in a redraft”
  1. erock27 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:36 AM

    Yea… Probably not

  2. buddysguys says: Dec 12, 2013 9:38 AM

    Kiko Alonso might not agree with that comment

  3. commonsensefan says: Dec 12, 2013 9:39 AM

    Kiko Alonso – MLB – BUF, would certainly merit a top-5 selection in a redraft scenario and the Bills picked him in the second round.

  4. jgedgar70 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:40 AM

    The Jets have a lot of issues, but self-esteem isn’t one of them. I’ll give them credit for that. They are confident. Completely delusional, but confident.

  5. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    If you don’t know it now, you’ll know it by next season. The top pick should have been Cordarrelle Patterson.

  6. stabbymike says: Dec 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    what do you know, walterfootball had something right.

  7. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 12, 2013 9:53 AM

    Jets do a good job finding these guys in the mid first round (see: Revis). They seem to have a good eye for defensive talent, but when will they draft an impact offensive player?

  8. ziggystheansah says: Dec 12, 2013 9:54 AM

    Ziggy ansah IS leading all rookies in sacks, despite being hurt this season

  9. nathpz says: Dec 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    Richardson has been really good. I thought the Jets made a mistake making him the first DT off the board, but they’ve proven me wrong.

    Then again, Star Lotulelei has been really good, too. When are teams going to understand that dominant defensive tackles shouldn’t fall so far in the draft?

  10. tmarlin1221 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:14 AM

    he’s right…considering the crappy jets would probably have the no 1 pick in a redraft.

  11. heisthejuan says: Dec 12, 2013 10:17 AM

    This guy has the perfect attitude for the Rex Ryan Jets.

  12. weepingjebus says: Dec 12, 2013 10:23 AM

    I would have drafted him for that forehead alone.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    Obviously Milliner should be #1 since he’s the only player mentioned here that needs no introduction!

  14. shagmwp says: Dec 12, 2013 10:32 AM

    In a redraft the top OL would be DJ Fluker. Dude is a beast and is the best OL from the draft so far. Keenan Allen will be offensive ROY and was picked in the 3rd round, probably would go a bit higher the second time around.

  15. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 12, 2013 11:01 AM

    KC, Jacksonville, and Philadelphia still would draft the same players. offensive linemen are more important than defensive linemen.

  16. bigdawg24 says: Dec 12, 2013 11:16 AM

    Chiefs would screw up again in a re-draft. They sure could have used Tavon Austin.

  17. militantgod says: Dec 12, 2013 11:18 AM

    He’s probably right, he’s been the best rookie this season. But in all seriousness, that isn’t saying much. Terrible draft class, as of now.

  18. tsizzlehotpiss says: Dec 12, 2013 11:36 AM

    Sheldon Richardson is the only person who thinks that he would be drafted first in a redraft.

    Truthfully, he should not have been selected as high as he was.

  19. ryanrockzzz says: Dec 12, 2013 12:09 PM

    I believe the Eagles would still draft Lane Johnson. He has started all 13 games this year, and has been pretty good for a rookie with limited experience.

  20. granadafan says: Dec 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    Keenan Allen should have been the first WR drafted.

  21. ravenswhat says: Dec 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    How about the Bears rookie kyle long? Dude has been so impressive.

  22. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 12, 2013 2:22 PM

    This last draft had so many good DL, it’s crazy. Boss Hog and Lotulelei are beasts, and Kiko Alonso too.

    @ninersareyesterdaysnews

    Not soon enough.

  23. kenny2neworleans says: Dec 12, 2013 2:23 PM

    The same guy who said the SEC was old man football.

  24. redsoxu571 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:16 PM

    Sigh…sounds like a Jets player…

  25. dtownsportslions says: Dec 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    As a Lions fan, I would take Ziggy Ansah. He’s missed a few games but overall been pretty productive for a rookie. You can see the potential, leading all rookie in sacks and he just played like his 18th football game EVER. The guy is going to be a stud.

  26. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:18 PM

    Lane Johnson has been a beast. He hasn’t missed a single snap! He never gets beat and is a bulldozer in the run game. Future Perennial Pro-Bowler, you heard it here first. He’s the next Jon Runyan!

  27. jordera22 says: Dec 12, 2013 6:29 PM

    ProFootballFocus has Richardson rated as the number one rookie this year, as does Matt Miller of The Bleacher Report. He’s the anchor of a defensive line that is rated number one against the run. Richardson also has 3.5 sacks, 27 QB hits, 12 tackles for loss and 66 tackles which is third among D linemen in the NFL, so Richardson isn’t far off in his assumption.

  28. cjspiller12 says: Dec 12, 2013 6:37 PM

    “Thirteen, 14 and now we’re both going for defensive rookies of the year,” Richardson said. “Can’t ask for much better than that.”
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    Sorry Sheldon, but hands down Defensive Rookie of the year is Kiko Alonso, and it’s not really even that close. 2nd in the NFL in tackles and he has a chance to finish first, 4 INT’s which is number one in the NFL for LB’s. The guy has played every single snap for the Bills, plus he calls all the signals. Pretty great for a 2nd round pick and 46th pick in the draft. This guy is a beast. Every bit as good as last years Defensive Rookie of the Luke Kuechly, but actually better in coverage.

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