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Sheldon Richardson Goes to Jets With 13th Overall Pick in NFL Draft

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou's Sheldon Richardson
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Mizzou's Sheldon Richardson
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April 25, 2013

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NEW YORK - University of Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (St. Louis, Mo.) was selected with the #13 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday night by the New York Jets.

Richardson became the sixth Mizzou Tiger standout to be drafted in the first round since 2009, joining DL Aldon Smith (#7 to San Francisco in 2011), QB Blaine Gabbert (#10 to Jacksonville in 2011), LB Sean Weatherspoon (#19 to Atlanta in 2010), WR Jeremy Maclin (#19 to Philadelphia in 2009) and DL Ziggy Hood (#32 to Pittsburgh in 2009).

Richardson is the 18th Tiger in history to be taken in the NFL's first round. Prior to tonight's first round, Mizzou already stood in select company with its recent draft history, as its five first-round selections in the 2009 through 2012 drafts ranked as third-best in the nation, trailing only Alabama (11) and USC (6).

"We're very excited for Sheldon and his family tonight, and for the great future he's going to have in the NFL," said Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "Sheldon was with us for a short time, but he was a difference maker and he made us a better defense without question. He's ready for the NFL, and we're looking forward to seeing him represent Mizzou for a long time to come. Sheldon had a lot of pride in this place, and we're very proud of him for achieving this dream that he's had for a long time," Pinkel said.

Richardson is the 22nd Mizzou Tiger to play under Pinkel to hear his name called for the NFL Draft since Pinkel took over in 2001.

Here's a rundown of Mizzou's first-round NFL Draft pick history...

Year Round Pick Overall Tiger Team Position

2013 1 13 13 Sheldon Richardson Jets DL

2011 1 7 7 Aldon Smith 49ers DE

2011 1 10 10 Blaine Gabbert Jaguars QB

2010 1 19 19 Sean Weatherspoon Falcons LB

2009 1 19 19 Jeremy Maclin Eagles WR

2009 1 32 32 Ziggy Hood Steelers DL

2001 1 4 4 Justin Smith Bengals DE

1987 1 15 15 John Clay Raiders T

1981 1 26 26 Howard Richards Cowboys T

1979 1 13 13 Kellen Winslow Chargers TE

1977 1 11 11 Morris Towns Oilers T

1977 1 19 19 Steve Pisarkiewicz Cardinals QB

1971 1 11 11 Joe Moore Bears RB

1969 1 19 19 Roger Wehrli Cardinals DB

1968 1 4 4 Russ Washington Chargers T

1966 1 10 10 Francis Peay Giants T

1946 1 8 8 Bill Dellastatious Lions B

1943 1 9 9 Bob Steuber Bears RB

Here's a recap of all of the NFL Draft picks to play for Gary Pinkel at Mizzou...

Year Round Pick Overall Tiger Team Position

2013 1 13 13 Sheldon Richardson Jets DL

2012 3 15 78 Michael Egnew Dolphins TE

2011 1 7 7 Aldon Smith 49ers DE

2011 1 10 10 Blaine Gabbert Jaguars QB

2011 7 31 234 Andrew Gachkar Chargers LB

2010 1 19 19 Sean Weatherspoon Falcons LB

2009 1 19 19 Jeremy Maclin Eagles WR

2009 1 32 32 Ziggy Hood Steelers DL

2009 2 23 55 William Moore Falcons S

2009 3 34 98 Chase Coffman Bengals TE

2009 5 3 139 Colin Brown Chiefs OL

2009 6 26 199 Stryker Sulak Raiders DL

2008 4 6 105 Will Franklin Chiefs WR

2008 4 12 111 Martin Rucker Browns TE

2007 4 16 113 Brian Smith Jaguars DE

2006 4 6 103 Brad Smith Jets WR

2006 7 35 243 Tony Palmer Rams G

2005 3 25 89 Atiyyah Ellison Panthers DT

2005 5 6 142 Damien Nash Titans RB

2005 6 17 191 C.J. Mosley Vikings DT

2003 5 8 143 Justin Gage Bears WR

2003 6 41 214 Keith Wright Texans DT