COLUMBIA, Mo. – Junior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from Missouri has decided to forego his final year of collegiate eligibility. It was announced Friday via a press release from the athletic department that he will make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft, which will be held April 25-27.
“This has been my dream ever since I was a little kid,” Richardson said via the release. “It’s still not easy leaving Mizzou like this, but I know I’m ready. I’ll always be a Tiger.”
“I’ve always said that when guys have opportunities like these, if they’re ready to go, then they should go,” Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said. “I have no doubt that Sheldon is ready to play in the NFL, and while we’d love to have him for another year, the important thing is that this is the right decision.”
This season Richardson led all Southeastern Conference defensive tackles with 75 tackles. The St. Louis native started in 11 games and tallied four sacks this season. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and blocked one kick. In 24 career games, Richardson made 112 tackles overall.
“It will be fun watching him play on Sundays,” Pinkel said.