The season came to an end for the Missouri Tigers on Saturday with a 59-29 loss at the hands of Texas A&M, ensuring that the team did not reach bowl eligibility. And as the season ends for the Tigers, so may the collegiate career of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, according to Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel.
Pinkel says he'll talk to Sheldon this week, "If I was a betting man I would think he's gonna go." Likely first round pick projection— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) November 27, 2012
Richardson originally committed as part of the 2009 recruiting class to play for the Tigers, but was unable to fulfill his academic requirements and instead attended College of the Sequoias, a junior college in California. In his debut season with the Tigers in 2011, Richardson finished with 37 tackles and two sacks, including eight tackles for a loss.
He improved in 2012 and amassed 75 tackles, four sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss, although he missed the team's home finale against Syracuse due to a suspension. According to CBS Sports, Richardson would be the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.