Sheldon Richardson a Surprising Candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year

November 5, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Wrong. So wrong.
That's the only way to describe this column I wrote back in April, when the New York Jets drafted defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick. I wasn't the only one to criticize the Jets for drafting Richardson, but I won't back down now that he's proven me wrong.
Richardson wasn't supposed to be a scheme fit. He wasn't supposed to be ready to contribute as an every-down player in his first year. He's done it all and more.
His instant impact should land him consideration for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
"I told you I was going to make them change their mind, their opinion of me," he told Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger.
I should have had the same type of notoriety (as other players) coming out of college. But because we didn't win, we didn't go to a bowl game, I got looked over. I'd have endorsement deals by now, most definitely. I didn't have a face coming out, so nobody knew who I was. But I'm glad Rex...

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