NFL Draft 2013: Carolina Panthers Should Eye Sheldon Richardson


The Carolina Panthers have a great need for defensive players in this year’s NFL draft. Defensive tackle is a position the Panthers should seriously look into because that repeatedly was their weak position last season.

September 22, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (34) before the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers need to look at Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson. Richardson is one of the best draft eligable defensive tackles. He is athletic, he has speed, and doesn’t hesitate to go after the man with the possession of the football. For a 6’4″, 295 pound tackle, I am impressed with his speed.

He has a keen sense of awareness too. He’s able to read the offensive and know their play so he can read where the ball is going next. His mental speed also plays a factor into his awareness.

The Panthers need someone with speed, awareness, a pass rusher, a physically tough defensive tackle.

Richarson has speed. He has awareness. He is an excellent pass rusher. He is physically tough and demanding on the offensive line and the man with the ball in his possession.

With very little flaws in his game, I think this would be an excellent pick for the Panthers if he’s around for them to draft. There is a huge need for help on the defensive line and Richardson brings many things the Panthers needs with very few flaws.