Photo of Darryl Richard
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  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 25.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 303LBS. Weight

Overview

A three-year starter who isn't as flashy as the other Georgia Tech senior defensive linemen, but ACC coaches named him second-team all-conference with 10 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2008. Given the desperate need for linemen in the NFL, Richard's size, strength and intelligence up front will be coveted. Redshirted his second season (2005) due to reconstructive surgery on his right knee after coming on strong as a true freshman starter.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Strong interior presence who plays with low pad level and a sturdy anchor. ... Holds his ground very well against double-team blocks inside. ... Moves down the line when engaged. ... Gives up his body to maintain the gap, is able to push two blockers on twists. ... Willing to pursue plays down the line and downfield. ... Flashes the upper-body strength and hands to rip across his man to beat him. ... Recognizes screens when let go. ... Intelligent player and a leader in the locker room. Negatives: Lacks elite explosiveness and chasing speed. ... Rarely collapses the pocket using a bull rush. ... Takes advantage of Tech's aggressive, one-gap system but usually shows only moderate initial quickness off the snap. ... Will stand up and hesitate after initial move, possibly due to poor stamina. ... Lateral movement in space is extremely limited.
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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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