2012 NFL Draft: Abilene Christian University Running Back Daryl Richardson

Scott Bischoff@@Bischoff_ScottCorrespondent IIApril 7, 2012

Daryl Richardson is a dynamic running back from Abilene Christian University that can make plays in space.  At his recent pro day on April 3rd, he measured in at 5’10-1/2” and 192 pounds.  He told me that he was unofficially clocked at 4.45 seconds in his 40-yard dash.  That time may not do Richardson justice, as he is more laterally quick than straight-line fast.

Richardson had an incredible pro day workout.  He vertical jumped 40-1/2” and broad jumped 11’3”.  These particular tests measure the explosion in a player’s legs.  It is clearly there.

I caught up with Richardson after his pro day, and we talked about his time at Abilene Christian and his future in the NFL.

I asked him what he will look back on most from his college football days. 

He said, “just hanging out with my friends and playing with them every day.” 

He was also very proud to have been invited to the Players All-Star Classic, an invitation-only type All-Star game.

He told me he learned that it didn’t matter if you came from Division I football or Division II; what mattered was if you could play or not.

We talked about the speed that he has and what it feels like to run like he does.  I asked what it was like to turn the corner with the ball and know that you are not going to be caught.

“I think it is an amazing feeling,” he said.  He told me that in those moments he felt like his hard work was paying off and that he was blessed.

Richardson’s brother is Bernard Scott, a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals.  He told me that he had been compared to Scott in the way he plays.  He said that they have the same qualities.

I asked about having a brother already in the NFL and how that helped him. 

“He’s gone through the experience and he’s telling me how it is going to be and what to expect," Richardson said.  "I talk to my brother all the time.”

 We talked about the NFL and the things that he could offer to teams. 

“My work ethic and athletic ability; I’m a hard worker and I am very determined to succeed as an athlete.”

We talked about what specific strengths he has in his game. 

“I want to say my explosion for sure.  I feel like I can make a play and take it to the house.”  He also said, “I’m pretty aggressive too; I can pick up the blitz pretty good.”

When I asked him what he wants the fans of the team that drafts him to know, he told me “I’m an exciting person, and I hope I can come to them and we can try and win a championship.  I am going to help the team win a championship.”

Richardson is an electric athlete as evidenced by his pro day workout.  He is the kind of player that can make things happen with the ball in his hands simply because of that athletic ability.  When he gets an opportunity, he is going to be exciting to watch.

Scott Bischoff is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.


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