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2013 NFL mock draft: Sheldon Richardson to New York Giants

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After shedding some dead weight at DT, Richardson would be a coup for the G-Men.

Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Giants are changing things up a bit defensively heading into the 2013 season. Gone are several notable defensive linemen, most notably end Osi Umenyiora and tackles Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard. Will a team known for replenishing its defensive line depth early on draft day do it once again this year? Well, if the shoe (and the sliding-in-this-scenario prospect) fits...

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
19. New York Giants Sheldon Richardson, Missouri DT 6'3" 294 JR

Ed Valentine: "This turns out to be a much easier decision than the agony I put myself through to make the selection for the Giants in the Big Blue View Community Mock Draft, where Richardson and several other players I was interested in were off the board when my selection came. The Giants have emphasized getting better on the line on both sides of the ball this offseason and Richardson, the No. 5 ranked player on the Mocking The Draft Big Board, still being available makes this a no-brainer. He should anchor the middle of the giants’ defensive line for years to come."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

At this point in the first round, a player with Richardson’s value is a steal. But is he a fit for the Giants? He certainly fits the best player available mold. Known for his first step to split gaps, Richardson is also a good athlete for his position. Add to it the Giants finishing 25th in the league in run defense last season and you have a smart pick. Linval Joseph is fine at one tackle spot, but Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty are both gone. Cullen Jenkins was a smart free agency signing, but he struggled against the run last season. This would be a move we’ve seen from Jerry Reese before. Stick to BPA and ease a player into the lineup. He could do that with Richardson and help bolster the run defense.

This mock draft will officially graduate from the teens and turn 20 at Noon ET, when the Chicago Bears and Windy City Gridiron will make their pick. See you then!

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
11 Bjoern Werner * DE Florida State 6'3" 266
15 Arthur Brown LB Kansas State 6'0" 241
16 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas 6'1" 215
19 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame 6'6" 250
20 D.J. Fluker * OT Alabama 6'5" 339

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri