2013 NFL Draft: Falcons interested in Sheldon Richardson

Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

Atlanta may not be willing to pay the price necessary to trade up to get him, but the team reportedly is big on defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly interested in Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King. However, King doesn't know if the team will want to pay the price necessary to trade up from the 30th pick, as Richardson will be off the board well before they are on the clock.

Richardson is rated as one of the top defensive tackles available in the 2013 NFL Draft, along with Utah's Star Lotulelei and Florida's Sharrif Floyd. The 6'4, 295 pound St. Louis native had 75 tackles, four sacks, and 10.5 tackles for a loss during his junior season in 2012, and opted to leave early for the NFL.

The Falcons made a big draft day trade in 2011, moving up from the 27th pick to the sixth pick to take wide receiver Julio Jones. The move cost Atlanta five picks, though, so the team may not be willing to pay that large of a price so soon.

The Falcons could be interested in pairing a more productive player with Jonathan Babineaux. Former first round pick Peria Jerry started nine games and appeared in 14 for the Falcons last year, but recorded only 14 tackles.

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