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  “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.

28 responses to “Sheldon Richardson thinks he’d be the first pick in a redraft

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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