I think Richardson is probably a top 15 lock. I think Kawann Short will be there at #25 though. If I had to bet money on Seattle's first pick, I'd bet on Short.
Nice breakdown on Hughes by the way.
On Richardson, I've been thinking about this question of him vs. Short quite a bit. In looking at NFL Draft Scout's mock drafts, Rang currently has Richardson going at #20 to the Bears while Brugler has him going #12 to the Dolphins. I agree that #15 range or so is about right for him to go in.
So here's my question -- let's say hypothetically on draft day that Richardson does slip down to #15 and New Orleans is on the clock. If you're Schneider, do you trade up at that point to get Richardson? It's been talked about at length how out of all the DT's in this draft that Richardson is the one guy who could really be the ideal fit for the Hawks -- that pro-typical Bill Walsh DT that could really help turn that line in to something to be reckoned with. If you trade up from #25 though ... it's likely going to cost the Hawks that #58 Pick and they would most likely say goodbye to a player like a Khaseem Greene (for example).
So would it be worth it? In that scenario, would you trade up to nab a Richardson if he falls to down in that #15 Range ... OR do you stand pat and hope for Kawann Short?
Personally, I believe that Schneider will most likely let the first 3-4 rounds of the draft come to him ... but then possibly use those later round picks (specifically the 5th and 6th Round Picks) to perhaps trade back in to the 4th Round if there is a real value player that falls down there. Given that a lot of players from this draft won't make this team anyway, I could certainly see that.
So again, hypothetically if Sheldon Richardson for some reason gets down in that #15 Range ... do you trade up to get him ... OR do you stand pat and simply take the best player available at #25?