Sheldon Richardson: Video Highlights for Former Missouri DT

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 25, 2013

Sheldon Richardson: Video Highlights for Former Missouri DT

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    Sheldon Richardson hasn't received the same pre-draft hype as some of the other defensive tackles like Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei, but the Missouri product is undeniably a disruptive force on the interior. 

    At 6'2'' and 294 pounds, his burst is noticeable, and he plays with immense power and quickness.

    Here are some of the top plays of Sheldon Richardson's collegiate career. 

Sack vs. Alabama in 2012

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    On this play, Richardson's speed and burst off the ball were on full display.

    At the snap, he slipped through the Crimson Tide line before right tackle D.J. Fluker could block down on him and sacked quarterback A.J. McCarron.

Tackle for Loss vs. Florida in 2012

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    Working against the Florida center, Richardson is powerful at the point of attack, and after a quick battle with the interior offensive lineman, he throws him aside and tracks down the running back behind the line. 

    This play shows Richardson's leverage, awareness and quickness to the ball-carrier. 

Sack vs. South Carolina in 2012

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    On this play, Richardson lines up on the outside shoulder of the center as a traditional defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment. 

    As soon as the ball is snapped, he crosses the face of the center and beats him with a swift speed move to the inside. 

    With Richardson free in the backfield, quarterback Connor Shaw scrambles to his right, away from pressure. 

    The hustling Richardson tracks Shaw across the field and takes the proper angle to take the quarterback down after he can't find a receiver downfield. 

Forced Fumble vs. South Carolina in 2012

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    After initially being doubled-teamed on the interior, Richardson senses a screen play materializing in his vicinity. 

    He backs off his bull rush toward the quarterback and locates the fleet-footed Damiere Byrd as he breaks across the middle with the ball. 

    Richardson then lunges for Byrd and jars the ball loose. 

    Quite the athletic play for someone of Richardson's size. 

Forced Fumble and Return vs. Kentucky in 2012

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    After breaking to the inside to start the play, working against future NFL player Larry Warford, the Kentucky right guard releases Richardson to the center. 

    But because of his deceptively explosive first step, Richardson is able to dart into the backfield and strip the running back of the football as he wrestles him to the ground. 

    Richardson then picks up the ball and rumbles 60 yards downfield.