Sheldon Richardson, the Jets 1st round pick from Missouri, won the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award at the NFL’s annual awards dinner tonight. Richardson played all across the Jets defensive line but mostly at defensive tackle and finished with 77 tackles (42 solo), 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and also was one of the best run-stuffers in the league.
Warren Sapp, himself a Hall of Fame defensive tackle, bristled recently when Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News compared Richardson to a young Sapp. Among other things he said:
“As soon as that kid gets off the ‘I think I was better and should have been drafted in a different position,’ maybe he’ll see his future,” Sapp told the Daily News. “Let’s not anoint this kid the next best thing since sliced bread yet.” (The Jet Stream from the New York Daily News, January 29, 2014 Manish Mehta)
This award also avenges a snub by Pro Football Focus, who gave the award to the Falcons’ Desmond Trufant despite Richardson leading their rankings all season.
Congratulations once again to Sheldon Richardson 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.