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2015 NFL DRAFT

Antonio Richardson, OT

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Nashville, TN
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 336 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
7282-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.213.071.8936 24 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- -09'04"5.068.04

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Combination of size, agility, patience and power. Shocking athleticism for his size. Well-proportioned with broad shoulders, long arms and tree trunks for legs. Richardson shows surprising quickness and balance off the snap in pass protection, sliding quickly left to properly protect the blind side.

He latches on with strong hands and rides with the pass rusher before settling, squaring his shoulders and sustaining nicely by playing on the balls of his feet.

WEAKNESSES: Was bull-rushed into the quarterback multiple times in a marquee matchup against Jadeveon Clowney in 2013. Needs to be more technically consistent, as he'll get over-extended off the snap, and will at times stop his feet altogether, when asked to redirect in mirroring counter-moves.

Over-extends at times off the snap and doesn't exhibit consistent patience in pass protection, as he'll often reach to initiate contact when he should first establish his base, and then "catch" his opponent.

Compares To: Erik Williams, ex-Cowboys -- Like Williams, Richardson is a massive offensive tackle with the ability to re-route pass rushers and be a road-grader in the ground game.

--Rob Rang and Derek Stephens (2/3/14)

Player Overview

Nicknamed "Tiny," Richardson is, of course, quite the opposite at a massive 6-6, 332 pounds.

Richardson signed with the Volunteers as the top overall prep prospect in Tennessee in 2010. He played in every game as a true freshman but didn't log a single start. As such, it surprised many when then-coach Derek Dooley elected to move steady senior Dallas Thomas inside to left guard in 2012 to hand Richardson the critical role of protecting Tyler Bray's blind side. The gamble on Richardson's potential and Thomas' versatility paid off as each earned Second Team All-SEC honors.

Richardson really opened eyes with an outstanding performance against South Carolina All-American pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney in 2012. While he wasn't as stellar in the rematch in 2013, Richardson still displayed the ability to hold his own against the SEC's top pass rushers while being a force in the ground game.

Richardson may possess the deepest and most impressive toolbox of all the tackles in the 2014 class in terms of natural ability and size/athleticism combination. Where he needs to improve is in his technical approach to the position, particularly when mirroring quicker pass rushers, as he too frequently over-relies on his hands and will forget to stay active with his feet.

There's no doubt that Richardson's freakish athleticism and size will draw consideration from NFL teams in the early rounds, but in order to be a first-round selection he must convince scouts that he is committed to improving technically.

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Player News
05/13/2014 - Vikings Sign 15 College Free Agents: Antonio Richardson, Tackle, Tennessee...Started 24 consecutive games at LT for the Vols including all 12 games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and played in 36 total games at Tennessee...A member of the offensive line that aided the Volunteer offense gain 2,261 rushing yards in 2013, the most by Tennessee since 2004...CBSSports.com Third Team All-American, AP All-SEC Second Team Selection...Aided offense in school-record 718 yards vs. Troy (11/3/12) in which current teammate Cordarrelle Patterson amassed a team-best 219 receiving yards. Richardson and Patterson were teammates for one season. - Minnesota Vikings
 

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