Antonio Richardson, LT, Tennessee, (HT: 6'5¾", WT: 336 lbs)
NFL Comparison: Andrew Whitworth, LT, Cincinnati Bengals
- Passes the good old-fashioned "eyeball test" with flying colors.
- Intriguing, massive prospect.
- Was good enough as a sophomore at Tennessee to keep Dallas Thomas—a third-round draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft of the Miami Dolphins—as the Volunteers starting left tackle.
- Nicknamed "Tiny."
- Projects with scheme and concept versatility at the NFL level.
- Has played in both the man-power (2012) and zone (2013) concepts under different line coaches in consecutive collegiate years.
- Appears a much better prospect in a man-power scheme.
- Smothering presence that will finish blocks with great motor when starting in good position.
- In the run game, he comes out of his three-point stance with a great upfield surge and quick first step.
- Generally keeps suitable pad level.
- Has shown amazing agility for a 330-pound athlete.
- Frequently engages linebackers and second-level defenders without seeming overmatched in the speed category upon arrival upfield.
- Plays to the whistle.
- Has shown the ability to get downfield and "look for work," helping pave the way for ball-carriers in productive ways completely unrelated to his original assignment.
- Tied for second-most bench reps of 225 at the NFL combine among the 51 offensive linemen in attendance.
- Worrisome feet that only flash athleticism in certain, limited capacities.
- Has a tendency to narrow his power base through engagement and fold to overpowering bull-rushers.
- In pass protection, he struggles to own his space.
- Can start engagement from a bad position due to sloppy hand placement.
- Does not possess nearly the power or leg drive evaluators would expect given his size.
- Can get "bowed up" when covered and going head-to-head with typically smaller opposing lineman, allowing penetration.
- Shows a tendency to get his feet tangled and lose balance when countering outside speed.
- Has shown notable instances through 2013 of taking bad zone angles and either missing assignments entirely or leaving linemates utterly stranded.
- Can show a tendency to "catch" opposing pass-rushers and give up ground.
- Struggles to gain position as opposed to exploding into engagement and owning the space.
- Susceptible to inside rush moves when anticipating speed and can be a liability for holding calls in these instances.
- Full name: Antonio James Richardson.
- Born February 24th, 1992.
- Son of Lanny Richardson.
- Majored in communcations while at Tennessee.
- Started all 24 games of his sophomore and junior seasons.
- Former No. 1 high school prospect in the state of Tennessee.
- Per PostandCourier.com's Darryl Slater, he claimed by opposing SEC DE Jadeveon Clowney as being "the best at holding and getting away with it."
- Childhood heroes were NBA stars Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.
- Quoted as claiming to have battled childhood anger management issues that have now been overcome.
- Generally cited by teammates and coaches alike as a player with great work ethic and leadership skills.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round
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