Will Richardson NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

North Carolina State offensive tackle Will Richardson (54) blocks Arizona State tight end Jay Jay Wilson (9) to prevent a tackle on running back Reggie Gallaspy (25) during the first half of the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game in El Paso, Texas, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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POSITIVES

—Excellent right tackle measurements (6'6", 306 lbs, 35 ¼" arms) with a thick frame and mass throughout.

—Didn't allow a sack or quarterback pressure during the 2017 season.

—Dropped weight for the combine and made major improvements to his body after appearing soft on tape.

—Improved quickness showed up on film when compared to his 2016 tape. He gets to the second level well, and he better executed reach blocks.

—Easy, smooth footwork in both the run and pass game.

         

NEGATIVES

—Suspended two games during 2017 season for marijuana-related issues.

—Charged with DWI in 2015.

—Can be stiff-hipped and doesn't always get great leverage in the run game. Quick, flexible pass-rushers can also dip and get under his hands.

—Zone schemes might give him fits initially until he works on his steps. He's not a natural athlete and doesn't move well laterally.

—Scouts told us he'll be slow to develop.

         

OVERALL

Will Richardson has the tools to become a starting right tackle if he can steer clear of his past mistakes. Teams will have to vet his background, but if he's all-in, he could be a value pick early on Day 3.

                   

GRADE: 5.99 (Round 4)

PRO COMPARISON: Eugene Monroe, retired

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