Cyril Richardson, LG, Baylor (HT: 6’4¾"; WT: 329 lbs.)
Fifth Round: 153rd Pick
NFL Comparison: Mike Iupati, OG, San Francisco 49ers
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- Most heralded Big 12 offensive lineman of the 2013 season.
- “Bottom-heavy” player who derives a significant amount of explosion from a thick and exceedingly muscular lower body.
- Appeared substantial and well-built at the Senior Bowl weigh-in through the abdomen.
- Seems to possess a very solid base for core power and strength.
- Dominant on film; both looks and plays the part of a high-performing NFL offensive guard.
- Sets into his stance like a fire hydrant with a low, powerful center of gravity that, at times, seems near-impossible to budge.
- Bursts out of interior line with a violent sense of purpose on many run plays.
- Has shown great instincts in picking up stunts and twists inside from opposing defensive ends.
- Was almost comically dominating in numerous instances versus DT Malcom Brown of Texas—one of the Big 12’s biggest future stars—during their 2013 meeting.
- In Baylor’s 2012 meeting with Texas, it ran roughshod over the Longhorns behind Richardson 19 times for 138 yards, eight first downs and one touchdown.
- Has shown he can operate with a sense of urgency and a violent style with his hands.
- Unanimous first-team All-American in 2013 and a second-team honoree in 2012.
- Squats 665 pounds, per the Baylor website.
- Durable prospect who has avoided any major injury concerns while playing at a very high level in college.
- Doesn’t have great feet.
- Lacks exceptional agility and doesn’t maintain a balanced foundation through plays.
- Is nowhere near as effective at handling second-level defenders as those who are lined up nose-to-nose with him.
- Has a body style that already seems close to maxed out; appears to be a player who will have to watch his weight closely moving forward.
- Struggles against defensive linemen with reach, bend and flexibility while mauling a lower class of competition.
- Can play a relentless brand of football at times but lacks a true 60-minute motor.
- Has damaged his stock significantly through the start of predraft testing.
- Was exposed badly at the 2014 Senior Bowl, turning in arguably one of the week’s most disappointing overall performances.
- Showed in Mobile, Ala. that he has clear trouble when faced with NFL-quality, refined pass-rushing interior penetrators.
- Got whipped consistently by Pitt DT Aaron Donald and Penn State DT Da’Quan Jones, per Byron Lambert of Roster Watch.
- Tied for the ninth-slowest 40-yard dash and 10th-slowest short shuttle among offensive linemen at the NFL combine, per NFL.com.
- Put up a very disappointing 25 bench reps in Indianapolis after reportedly managing 32 previously, per the Baylor website.
- Had the worst broad jump of any offensive lineman at the combine.
Personal Notes (via Baylor website)
- Son of Albert Joseph and Anita Richardson.
- Full name is Cyril Joseph Richardson.
- Born Dec. 27, 1990, in New Orleans.
- Family moved from New Orleans to Fort Worth, Texas, following Hurricane Katrina.
- Earned undergraduate degree in December 2013 in general studies.
Richardson entered the 2013 season poised to make major waves as the first offensive guard taken off the board. While he finished his senior campaign with numerous accolades, having put a ton of good work on tape, his disastrous Senior Bowl Week performance will stick in the mind of many informed evaluators.
He showed a huge liability within his game as it pertains to talented, NFL-ready, athletic interior defensive presences. He can get leg-locked, lost and beaten in this circumstance currently. The NFL team that drafts him will do so by putting more trust in his Big 12 tape against questionable competition than in their evaluations from Senior Bowl and combine workouts.
Draft Projection: Second-Third Round
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