Photo of Antonio  Richardson
Grade
5.6 ?
  • 5.30 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 36 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 24.5 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 35" Arm Length
  • 336LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Started in 24 of 36 career games played. 2013: Started all 12 games at left tackle, and helped offense gain 2,261 rush yards (most by Tennessee since 2004). 2012: Started all 12 games at left tackle, and helped offense to school record 718 yards vs Troy. 2011: Played in 12 games but did not start.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks the part with long arms and outstanding overall size and mass to cover up defenders in the run game and generate a push. Good strength to anchor vs. power and possesses enough brute strength to hold his ground even when he locks his legs. Is not easily moved and can position-sustain. Bends fairly well for as big as he is and is agile enough to handle speed.

Weaknesses

Is not a finisher and carries underachiever tendencies, displaying inconsistent effort and technique. Rises out of his stance and relies too much on his natural power, letting defenders walk him back. Plays too passively and gives more ground than he should. Is late to reach the second level and gives up instead of peeling back to pick off another defender. Hand use is very raw -- not active and does not replace. Could require some time to assimilate a playbook.

Bottom Line

A big, strong, athletic college left tackle who might be more naturally suited for the right side in the pros, Richardson is agile enough to protect the blind side if he learns to become a better hand technician. Has the look of a Pittsburgh prototype and compares favorably to Steelers 2011 second-round pick Marcus Gilbert. Has clear, unrefined starter traits.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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