2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Predicting Picks 11-21

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September 22, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (34) before the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

18. Dallas Cowboys-Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

There are Cowboys fans clamoring for another quarterback, but in a weak draft class, there’s absolutely no need to reach for a one.

Shoring up the offensive line or defensive line would be a much better plan. Quarterback Tony Romo has never had the best offensive line, as he was sacked 36 times in 2012. Fluker allowed a mere four sacks in 2012, and if he can continue to produce in the NFL, Romo might just come close to living up to his lucrative contract.

However, 36 sacks allowed is about average, and Dallas’ run defense is not. The Cowboys surrendered 125.2 rushing yards per game, and Richardson recorded 75 tackles in 2012. Dallas is switching to a 4-3 and needs to focus on stopping the run, and Richardson is a good player to build around. He isn’t fast at all, but he is a player who can step up.

The Cowboys can go in a couple of directions here, but the offensive line isn’t absolutely horrific. The defensive line isn’t either, but more defensive lineman are required with the 4-3. The Cowboys are solid against the pass and can become a top-flight defense if they can stop the run, and Richardson gives them a good chance to do that.