Hold on to your Cowboy hats, Dallas Cowboys fans! It’s another mock draft! This time, by the “ying” to Mel Kiper’s “yang”, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. His latest mock draft was released on Thursday. Let’s find out who McShay thinks the Cowboys will select in the first round.
With the 18th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Here’s what our experts have to say about Richardson:
Staff writer Chris Dietz believes the Pittsburgh Steelers will steal Richardson just before the Cowboys pick at #17:
The Steelers are always looking for versatile linemen. They need to cut a lot of cap room to get below the salary cap number so guys like Brett Kiesel and Casey Hampton may be on their way out. Richardson will be a guy that can play both a 3 technique in nickle situations and a nose tackle in the base defense. He will have to bulk up to take on double teams at the NFL level and suck up blocks for the linebackers in Pittsburgh.
Staff writer Reid Hanson thinks Richardson is the perfect pick for the Cowboys:
As Dallas shifts to Kiffin’s Tampa 2 defense, Richardson fits Warren Sapp’s 3-technique undertackle position perfectly. Sylvester Williams could also be a possibility here if he performs well at the combine and if Richardson is gone.
Josh Hill, editor of FanSided.com thinks Richardson will fall to Dallas as well:
When it comes to Richardson, scouts are absolutely high on him and he’s got a lot of evidence to back up all the hype. He’s got a lighting fast first step and can penetrate backfields like some of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. He’s fluctuating in value right now, but all signs are pointing to Richardson seeing his value take a jump as we get closer to the draft. The Cowboys need to beef up their front line and Richardson will be something running backs don’t want to deal with on Sunday’s.
But what do you think of McShay’s pick of Richardson for the Cowboys? Let us know in the comments section below.