Cyril Richardson, OG

School: Baylor  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 329 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.313.051.8225 25 1/27'7"4.837.70

Player Overview

A three-star recruit, Richardson didn?t play high school varsity football until his senior year after he and his family were forced to move several times due to Hurricane Katrina, ending up in Fort Worth. He starred as a senior in high school, but received only one scholarship offer, enrolling at Baylor and redshirting in 2009.

Richardson filled in as a starting LG in 2010 before taking over the LT duties in 2011 for the departed Danny Watkins. He moved back inside to LG as a junior, starting 25 games the past two seasons, earning All-Big 12 and All-American honors both years.

Richardson is built well for the position with a good combination of natural athleticism and power, but his technique and discipline need refined. He blocks with a mean streak and will flash dominance on some snaps, but then will be dominated on others ? needs to develop better consistency from play-to-play. Richardson plays too heavy and is undeveloped in several areas, but is a heady, versatile player with some untapped potential ? prospect worthy outside of the top-100 picks.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Passes the eye test with a thick, massive frame and large wingspan?better athlete and body control than expected?good eye discipline and foot coordination to mirror and keep his upper and lower halves in sync?stout lower body and base to stonewall with strong hands to control defenders at the POA ? has pop in his hands to knock rushers off their path?works hard in the run game to seal run lanes.

Enjoys impacts and blocks with a feisty demeanor ? road grader with a nasty attitude?mature and unintimidated ? has faced adversity and doesn?t have a quitting bone in his body?has some position versatility with time at LT and LG, starting 42 games over his career (26 LG, 16 LT) ? 2012 Big 12 OL POY.

WEAKNESSES: Not body beautiful and weight fluctuates between 325 and 350 pounds ? needs to find a happy medium?gets too tall and needs to show better pad level to win with leverage?doesn?t explode off the snap with streaky balance and struggles to properly shift his weight when changing directions?plays too much on his heels and catches rushers while in retreat ? gets lazy with his hand technique?not a twitchy athlete.

Needs to improve his timing and discipline pre and post snap to cut down on the mistakes, including false starts?temperament will waver at times and will play down to the competition ? inconsistent energy?still learning in several areas and his football acumen is a work-in-progress.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 5/153 -- Cyril Richardson, G, 6-5, 343, Baylor...He had weight issues his senior year that prevented him from being a much higher pick. Was the leader of a line that blocked for the NCAA's top offense, which averaged 52 points per game. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, but some scouts said he lacked good movement and could be beaten by faster pass rushers up the middle. At left guard he was credited with 83 knockdown blocks. As a child, his family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and they wound up in Fort Worth, Tex. - The Sports Xchange


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