This won’t come as a surprise to Missouri fans aware of the outspoken ways of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. But Richardson believes he’s the best player available in this year’s NFL Draft.

“I see myself as the top pick, not a top-10 pick,” Richardson said Saturday at the NFL Combine. “I didn’t come into this draft to be second to anyone. If they see what they like …they’re going to get a (heck) of a ballplayer.”

The Chiefs have the first pick in the draft and prefer defensive ends in their 3-4 system to be taller than Richardson, who is 6 feet 2. But Richardson said he had a Saturday night meeting scheduled with the Chiefs.

Even if the Chiefs don’t draft Richardson, he won’t have to wait long in the first round to hear his name called. With a strong showing at the Combine and in subsequent workouts, Richardson could be the first defensive tackle drafted, ahead of Utah’s Star Lotulelei and Florida’s Sharrif Floyd.

“They’re real good defensive tackles, but I like the way I stand up to them,” Richardson said in his typically candid way. “I like my draft stock versus their draft stock.”

But Richardson’s ability is real.