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Anyone else think the Sheldon Richardson mocks are just "experts" being lazy?


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#25 micnificent28

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:56 PM

As good as he may be just doesn't fit. I hate the richardson mocks. A pass rushing dt would rank below wr cb ol safety and mayb lb for me.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:59 PM

Call me a tard but i want Mr Rich at 14

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:38 PM

No it does not, if they ran at his gap and two blockers blow him out. CJ and Hardy on the end can pursue, but they have their own gaps to defend in the run. The RB can be 5 yards up the field by the time they can assist with pursuit. Plain and simple, if you cannot hold your gap in the run game, the run D will suffer. And believe me, they won't need to double him in the run game if they run at his gap. One man will do the job.



And Again this idea of him getting blown out and not being able to hold his gap is overblown.

Strengths: Possesses a naturally large frame with proper weight distribution throughout his arms and legs. Has a thick trunk conducive to standing his ground in short-yardage situations. Is quick off the snap, demonstrating the burst to slip through gaps before trap blocks can be effective. Possesses a short area burst to close and surprising flexibility to adjust and make tackles in space. Shows good balance and recognition against cut blocks. Active hands to handcuff offensive linemen attempting to get into his pads and control, demonstrating a quick, fluid arm-over swim move and good strength to rip free from his opponent. Excellent vision and recognition to take advantage of his ability to disengage from blocks and put himself in position to make plays, showing the ability to sniff out screens, draws, etc. Athletic and instinctive enough that the Missouri defensive coaches would occasionally drop him back into coverage on zone blitzes... Showed a terrific motor throughout the 2012 season, often hustling down the line and yards downfield (at times 20 yards+) in pursuit of the ball. Closes quickly and with power, exploding into tackles and showing good hand-eye coordination to strip the ball away. Stepped up his level of play against top competition (Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona State). Has the size and athleticism of a future Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

Weaknesses: Has only had one dominant season at the FBS level (just 13 starts in 24 games) and there is some concern about how motivated he'll remain once he signs a big NFL contract. Has a tendency to stand up out of his stance and lose the leverage battle, occasionally struggling to break free until it's too late in short-yardage situations. More productive rushing the passer, recognizing the dump-off pass and pursuing from behind with passion than actually getting home for the QB sack (just three sacks in his "dominant" 2012 campaign)... Has struggled with academics in the past, resulting in his transferring to a junior college after signing with Missouri as a highly touted prep. Was also suspended for Missouri's final home game of the 2012 season (Syracuse) for violating team rules, reportedly for academics)... Teams will want to have their medical staffs check out Richardson at the Combine, as he underwent shoulder surgery following the 2011 season.

Compares To: Tyson Alualu, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars - If NFL scouts are convinced he'll maintain it once he cashes his first paycheck, the combination of size, athleticism and the high-revving motor Richardson demonstrated this season could lead to a shockingly high grade for Mizzou star, just as it did for Alualu, the surprise No. 10 overall pick of the 2010 draft.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:47 PM

Strengths
Scouts like the light feet Richardson shows for his size, as he is able to twist inside and chase plays to the sideline with great speed. That agility, combined with his length, makes him a strong tackler in close quarters. Richardson’s first step off the snap, especially when lined up over the ball, is quite impressive; he gets into the backfield in a heartbeat, beating reach-blocks and will work his way through double-teams if he sees the ball in the quarterback’s hands. He plays with leverage at the point of attack at times despite his height, holding his ground and wrestling with attitude. Has enough athleticism that Missouri uses him as a standup rusher and to drop into short zone coverages over the middle of the field, where shows the ability to cover crossing receivers and tight ends in a short area
Weaknesses
Richardson can struggle to break down and his upper-body strength is not elite, which means his high pad level and failure to use his hands to shed blocks can allow him to get turned from the hole and taken to the ground once off-balance. He had surgery in the offseason to repair a shoulder injury, so he must show his strength has improved. A better player in pursuit than he is holding the point against the run, where he can struggle to anchor. Drag down lunging tackler that misses ball carriers in space.
NFL Comparison

Cullen Jenkins

Again his weakness can be fixed with better technic but he has the frame and ability to do it. Nothing in the breakdown says he will never be able to do it.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:54 PM

Versus the Run 2 At his best working up the field or when slanting. Plays with good leverage. Can win with quick first step and by staying low initially. Pads do tend to rise after initial contact. He does flash ability to anchor but it's not his strength. He will get pushed around "at times" by double team. Also allows OL to ride him wide too often. Needs to become more disciplined gap responsibility. Very good range for a DT. He has closing burst to the ball carrier and can be an explosive hitter. Jars ball carriers frequently and occasionally separates ball from body.

2 is above avg. on ESPN grading chart.

#30 MrBubba

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

Not sure I would say lazy. But has sort of become a "group think " mostly because most believe Star and Floyd will be gone and we need DT. Richardson has a first round grade, so it fits. Although I have seen more mocks with Star falling to us. (Fingers crossed )

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:29 PM

i wouldnt mind Richardson, it will be a meh pick in my eyes. go look at the cutups when he went vs Larry Warford and you will see why.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

i wouldnt mind Richardson, it will be a meh pick in my eyes. go look at the cutups when he went vs Larry Warford and you will see why.


http://espn.go.com/n...ameId=323010142

Kentucky only scored 10 points on 179 total yards and Richardson had a big redzone FF that he recovered and returned it 60 yards the other way.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

http://espn.go.com/n...ameId=323010142

Kentucky only scored 10 points on 179 total yards and Richardson had a big redzone FF that he recovered and returned it 60 yards the other way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCdimep24sA

that is because Kentucky is a bad team, look at the match up between the 2 guys. Warford won the 1on1 match up. on that FF he forced he was pushed 3-5 yards down the field, but did show some toughness by fighting and taking the ball away from the RB.again i would be fine with Richardson but he will have to get stronger and anchor better.





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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:57 PM

that is because Kentucky is a bad team, look at the match up between the 2 guys. Warford won the 1on1 match up. on that FF he forced he was pushed 3-5 yards down the field, but did show some toughness by fighting and taking the ball away from the RB.again i would be fine with Richardson but he will have to get stronger and anchor better.





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1. Warford is going to do that to a lot of players. He is the third rated guard in this draft. But Richardson made plays as well. So he didn't get dominated.

2. What is wrong with your eyes? He got double hit and push back 2 yards then he disengaged so quickly and made a big boy play before the guard knew what happen.

3. Most DLinemen get stronger in the NFL. I think they are all expected to.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:00 PM

Absolutely. Sheldon Richardson is vastly overrated and not even being considered as our pick.

I can't fugging stad when "experts" mock him to us. Dontari Poe of last year.