Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri Tigers: Former Tigers Lineman Sheldon Richardson Rated as Top Rookie

Few defensive ends are playing better football in the NFL right now than Sheldon Richardson, according to Pro Football Focus.

In their weekly ranking of the best rookies of 2013, PFF ranked Sheldon Richardson number one overall and noted how well he as been playing through five weeks.

Our number four ranked 3-4 defensive end on the year, Richardson added another sack to his season total but as ever it was his work against the run that added to his already impressive overall grade. Of all 3-4 defensive ends only J.J. Watt has more stops against the run.

Richardson was selected 13th overall by the New York Jets last April, who also selected Dee Milliner in the first round. He’s tallied 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks to go with a pass defended and three stuffs. His play has been key in the Jets surprising 3-2 start.

Missouri fans are not surprised with Richardson’t success. He was selected second-team All-SEC after leading all interior defensive linemen in tackles, recording 10.5 tackles for loss, and accumulating 4.5 sacks. For a season that went so horribly wrong for the Tigers, Richardson was a significant bright spot.

As for the Chiefs first round pick Eric Fisher, he did not make the top 10 list nor did he make honorable mention. Fisher is currently out of action due to a concussion.

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