Will Richardson

N.C. State
OT

Prospect Info

College
N.C. State
Hometown
Class
Burlington, NC
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
306 lbs
35 1/4”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.73
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Round 4 ‧ Pick 29
40 Yard Dash
5.26
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
108.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.8
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.83
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Richardson's career at N.C. State had its hills and valleys, but he ended on a high note with a second-team All-ACC junior season before decided to take his game to the NFL. The team's top lineman started 10 games at right tackle in 2017, missing the first two due to suspension after an arrest for driving while intoxicated. It was his second suspension for that offense, as he was sat down for one game in his redshirt freshman season in 2015 (he started 11 games at right tackle that year.) The native of the Piedmont-Triad area of North Carolina started 10 of 12 games played at right tackle in 2016, missing time with an illness.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Dion Dawkins
Overview
Richardson doesn't carry the long, proportional frame of a tackle and his journey inside the rep can be a little messy at times, but he's generally able to produce positive results. Richardson has enough foot quickness to handle speed if he trusts his technique, but inconsistencies with his redirect against inside counters is a concern. Richardson should offer teams value as a right tackle with guard potential and has future starter talent if his character checks out.
Strengths
  • Thick, wide bubble with power in his hips
  • Generates leverage at point of attack in short-yardage "gotta have it" situations
  • Fits blocks with good positioning and brings feet with him
  • Keeps blocks centered and sustained
  • Can access torque from hips to turn defenders out of hole
  • Consistent in getting to playside and backside blocks
  • Good second and third step quickness for backside cutoff positioning before sliding his frame ahead of the defender
  • Very good timing working up to linebackers
  • Initial pass slides are quick and choppy
  • Uses strong, well-timed punch from his outside hand
  • Can rattle pads when he lands
  • Shuffles through punch and can run edge rushers up the pocket
  • Has adequate athletic ability for recovery when beaten
  • Quick to search for twist when his rusher voids
Weaknesses
  • Built like a guard
  • Carries soft weight
  • Dogged by off-field issues
  • Faced team suspensions in 2017 and DWI back in 2015
  • Can be a step slow in initial lateral movement
  • Plays with some leg stiffness
  • Body control gets sloppy the further he gets from line of scrimmage
  • Inconsistent weight displacement in sets when he fears edge speed
  • Can be tilted, with well-timed stab move
  • Average redirect to mirror counters
  • Bends at the waist and over-extends
  • Lack of adequate bend prevents him from setting and holding a stout anchor
  • Base gets too wide causing him to lose footing
  • Didn't have to face Duke Ejiofor or Harold Landry this year due to their injuries
Sources Tell Us

"There are some things you have to work through. Are you OK with off-field stuff? Can he excel in something other than the heavy zone stuff that N.C. State runs? Is he athletic enough to handle the sub-package looks he's going to get?" - AFC Personnel Director

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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