Demario Richard

Arizona State
RB

Prospect Info

College
Arizona State
Hometown
Class
Palmdale, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 9"
218 lbs
28 3/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.91
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.7
Seconds
 
Bench Press
12
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Richard was a four-year contributor for the Sun Devils after an outstanding high school career at Palmdale, California (4,251 yards, 63 touchdowns rushing over three years) that led him to be named one of the top 30 running back recruits in the country. As a true freshman, he earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors by rushing for 478 yards and four scores on just 84 carries (also catching 13 passes for 156 yards and four scores). He was named the Sun Bowl MVP after scoring four touchdowns in the victory over Duke. Richard led ASU with 1,104 rushing yards as a sophomore (210 carries, seven touchdowns) while making an impact in the passing game (31 receptions, 303 yards, three touchdowns). The following year, he started 10 of 11 games played, and led the team in rushing but shared carries with Kalen Ballage (593 yards, three touchdowns; 17 catches, 136 yards). Richard was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection as a senior, again leading the Sun Devils in rushing (198 carries, 1,027 yards, 12 touchdowns) and contributing as a receiver (eight catches, 67 yards).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Stocky power back with willingness to attack each run with physicality but lacking the burst and vision to make his job any easier. He doesn't have the special teams or pass-catching production to excite teams so he may have to try and earn a spot as an undrafted free agent.
Strengths
  • Built like a block of ice
  • Compact and sturdy in lower half
  • Plays with high effort level on every snap
  • Adequate agility to make early traffic miss
  • Works a spin move shake tackler in the hole
  • Slithers and churns through grabby defenders in the gaps
  • Has lower body strength to drive through arm tackles
  • Steadies himself through contact and lunges forward
  • Stepped into primary ball carrier role and posted quality production this season
Weaknesses
  • Downhill approach lacks fluidity and tempo
  • Vision is blurry along the interior
  • Slow to read hole development and burst through
  • Missed basic run tracks that should lead to much longer gains
  • Too willing to duck his head and plow into the back of his blockers rather than finessing a crease
  • Unable to gear up rapidly enough after slowing his feet
  • Needs better early acceleration to pull away from backside chasers

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GRADE
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