Little-known Sheldon Richardson believes he’s got the versatility to be an impact player for the Jets.
The former Missouri defensive tackle was selected 13th overall in Thursday’s first round – three spots behind cornerback Dee Milliner, who was taken at No. 9.
Though the Jets were linked to various defensive linemen (i.e., Barkevious Mingo, Dion Jordan and Jarvis Jones), Jets GM John Idzik said Richardson and Milliner were two of the top 4 players on their draft board.
Richardson, who met with the Jets during the Combine, seemed confident about being high up on the Jets’ wish list.
“I really do,” he said on a conference call. “Any guy should have confidence in his talent and his ability. I really do think I was one of the top guys in the draft and I’m just happy to come to the Jets.”
Richardson said the Tigers utilized both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts, though mostly 4-3. Nevertheless, he’s certain he can fit in whatever scheme the Jets employ. He may not be a sexy first-round selection, Richardson is determined to make a name for himself in New York.
“I think I’m very versatile,” he said. “Helping out the defense and contributing and stopping offenses is what I do. That’s the only thing I can say about that. Whatever position they want me to play, I’ll come in and learn it at the best of my abilities and give it 100%.”