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2019 Free Agency Profile: Sheldon Richardson

Sheldon Richardson earned an overall grade of 72.2 in 2018, ranking 56th out of 129 qualifying interior defensive linemen. It has been a few years since his days in New York as an elite run-defender, but Richardson is still a serviceable player who can defend the run and rush the passer.

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Richardson recorded 18 run stops on 272 run-defense snaps, good for a run-stop percentage of 6.6%, ranking second among Vikings’ interior defensive linemen last season. Richardson also had 47 total pressures (30 hurries, 12 hits, five sacks) on 407 pass-rush snaps, giving him the 17th-best pass-rush productivity rating (6.4) among qualifiers. Still only 28 years old, the former first-round pick can be an impact player for plenty of teams in the NFL.

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