On Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks traded Jermaine Kearse and a second round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for Sheldon Richardson. According to Pete Carroll, Richardson will play as a 3-tech for this defense. In this video breakdown, I broke down his skill-set by looking at his 2016 season.
From a physical standpoint, Richardson stands at 6’2, 295 lbs, and has 34.5 inch arms. He generally does a good job of timing the snap while using his burst to create penetration. With his power and a natural ability to create leverage, he can play as a one-gap and two-gap defensive lineman for the Seahawks.
As a run defender, Richardson was amazing last season. He knifed into the backfield while also holding the point of attack against blockers. Also, he understood where the play was going and stopped it with his intelligence.
As a pass rusher, he was not the strongest in 2016. Much of that had to do with his ability (or inability) to disengage from blockers. This was in stark contrast to his 2014 and 2015 seasons in which he had 8.0 sacks and 5.0 sacks, respectively.