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Sheldon Richardson of Missouri holds up a team jersey Thursday night after being selected 13th overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL draft in New York.

Sheldon Richardson of Missouri holds up a team jersey Thursday night after being selected 13th overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL draft in New York. Photo by The Associated Press.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets selected Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft.

The Jets and Rex Ryan loaded up on defense in the first round after also taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the No. 9 pick. New York acquired the 13th pick from Tampa Bay for cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday.

Richardson, who’s 6-foot-2 and 294 pounds, is an athletic run-stuffing lineman who had 79 tackles last season for Missouri. He adds depth to a defensive front that includes two other first-rounders in Muhammad Wilkerson (2011) and Quinton Coples (2012).

Richardson could compete with Kenrick Ellis, the team’s third-round pick in 2011, to be the Jets’ starting nose tackle after the team released veteran Sione Po’uha.

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