Between some knee issues reported by NFL Media Analyst Charles Davis (h/t Chase Goodbread) and a disappointing combine workout by the 6'6", 336-pound junior eligible, Richardson's stock, which was once believed to be that of a first-rounder might very well have slipped to the second round.
Richardson, who was not one of the players listed as having met with the Giants, had been regarded as a first-round pick early on in the process. He benched 36 reps, tying him for second among offensive linemen behind North Carolina’s Russell Bodine (42).
When it was all done, there were several opinions that Richardson probably will slip to the second round.
“If I were a betting man, I’d say he goes in the second round,” said draft analyst Russ Lande via DNJ.com.“He is a good football player, but I don’t think he is a premier guy. I just don’t think he is a top-level athlete. When I watched him on film, he’s struggled with those explosive guys off the edge."
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks listed Richardson as one of his Day 1 combine losers, noting, "The Tennessee standout clocked an underwhelming 5.30-second 40 time and looked like a limited athlete in drills. He didn't exhibit the smoothness or fluidity that scouts expect from an elite edge blocker."
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