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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 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

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 72/8. *Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee, 6-6, 336, 5.21, 2-3...Here is a big, strong, experienced left tackle who may be able to step in and help soon, but is already near his ceiling. Overcame academic challenges to start 24 of 36 career games and may take a while to grasp a new playbook. Has been compared to Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert (2nd round, 2011). Frankly: Richardson, whose constant conditioning troubles are reflected in his nickname "Tiny," has some raw ability, but is not as aware as an NFL offensive lineman needs to be. He was abused last season by South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 rated player in this draft. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 45. Antonio Richardson OT, Tennessee (6-6, 336, 5.30, JR)...A heavy waist bender who gets lazy at times, Richardson has exciting potential because of his wide base, stout frame and vines for arms. His inconsistent technique makes it tough for him to sustain, but if he irons out the wrinkles, Richardson has a high NFL ceiling. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/04/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Offensive linemen draw a crowd at Tennessee...Representatives from every team in the NFL descended upon the University of Tennessee Wednesday to take in the Pro Day and while prospects at virtually every position were evaluated, the Vols' talented offensive line was the clear focus. Eight offensive line coaches were among the NFL personnel on hand for the workout and it is clear why. NFLDraftScout.com currently projects four Tennessee offensive linemen to be drafted in 2014 -- a feat no university has accomplished over the past 10 years. Our top-rated prospect from the program, junior left tackle Antonio Richardson enjoyed a good but not great workout, according to a scout who attended the event.

Comically nicknamed "Tiny," the 6-foot-6, 326 pound Richardson showed off his explosiveness in the leaping drills with a 31" vertical and 9'4" broad jump (numbers which would have ranked among the top five for offensive linemen at the Combine) but showed less-than-ideal fluidity during shuttle drills. His 8.10-second time in the 3-cone drill, for example, would have ranked 13th out of the 17 offensive tackles tested in this event in Indianapolis. The results match up with Richardson's game. He's surprisingly balanced in pass protection but in the running game he relies more on his size and power to simply drive defenders off the ball than adjust to moving targets at the second level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 53. *Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee, 6-6, 327, 5.16, 2...Meet "Tiny," who is anything but. Still, Richardson answers by that nickname even has he uses his huge, natural size and strength to dominate even the best defenders. But to continue to do so in the NFL he must work on technique, such as keeping his feet moving. In 2012 he handled South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (No. 1 on this list), but wasn't quite as impressive in the 2013 rematch when Clowney bull-rushed him a few times. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: OL - Antonio Richardson (Tie), Tennessee, 6-6, 327, Jr,...Nashville, Tenn. native Richardson, who was named to the AP All-SEC second team last season, has started the last 24 games at left tackle for the Vols. Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010. - Tennessee football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee...Richardson played and started in each of the Vols 12 games this season at left tackle helping Tennessee to 2,261 rushing yards in 2013, the most by UT since 2004. Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010. Nashville, Tenn. native Richardson, who was named to the AP All-SEC second team last season, has started the last 24 games at left tackle for the Vols. - Tennessee football

12/06/2013 - Tennessee OT Richardson opts for NFL Draft...Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio "Tiny" Richardson decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. An All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection in 2012, Richardson started 24 games the past two seasons at left tackle for the Volunteers. He is projected as the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect eligible for the 2014 draft by NFLDraftScout.com. "I have truly loved every moment of being a Tennessee Volunteer and will always be a Vol for life," Richardson said in a statement on Friday. "As much as I have enjoyed my time at Tennessee, I have long dreamed of playing in the NFL and taking care of my family. After careful consideration, I have decided to forgo my senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I am grateful to all of my Tennessee coaches and everyone in the football program who made my life easier, from trainers to tutors to our fans, who are the best in the country. I am ready for the next level and look forward to what I know will be an exciting challenge."

The 6-foot-6, 327-pound Richardson anchored a Tennessee line that gave up 23 sacks the past two years, which is the fourth fewest in FBS at 0.67 per game. "We appreciate Antonio's efforts and contributions to the University of Tennessee football," Vols coach Butch Jones said. "He will always be a Vol for life and we wish him all the best as he looks to further his career in the National Football League." - The Sports Xchange

12/06/2013 - Richardson To Declare For NFL Draft...Offensive tackle Antonio Richardson will declare for the NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility at the University of Tennessee. "We appreciate Antonio's efforts and contributions to the University of Tennessee," said head coach Butch Jones. "He will always be a Vol For Life and we wish him all the best as he looks to further his career in the National Football League."

The Nashville native was an All-SEC second-team selection by the Associated Press in 2012. In 2013, he was an SEC preseason first-team honoree. He was also named to the watch lists for the Lombardi and Outland Trophies. "After praying and talking it over with my family and coaches, I believe that now is the right time to make a statement about my future," said Richardson. "I have truly loved every moment of being a Tennessee Volunteer and will always be a Vol For Life. As much as I have enjoyed my time at Tennessee, I have long dreamed of playing in the NFL and taking care of my family. After careful consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I am grateful to all of my Tennessee coaches and everyone in the football program who made my life easier, from trainers to tutors to our fans, who are the best in the country. I am ready for the next level and look forward to what I know will be an exciting challenge."

In his three years on Rocky Top, Richardson played in 36 games, starting the final 24 over the last two seasons at left tackle. This past season, Richardson was part of an offensive line that aided the Vols gaining 2,261 rushing yards, the most by the team since 2004. - Tennessee football

10/21/2013 - Clowney's dominance overshadowed in upset loss to Tennessee...Clowney's opponent, 6-foot-6, 327-pound junior Antonio Richardson, had limited South Carolina's superstar to a relatively pedestrian four tackles in last year's contest, thrusting the massive left tackle onto the national stage. Among those four tackles, however, was a sack and forced fumble with 1:10 remaining in the game from then-quarterback Tyler Bray which proved critical in the Gamecocks' 38-35 victory. While Clowney came through when he needed to in last year's game, Richardson controlled him throughout much of that game, demonstrating his own unique combination of size, agility, patience and power that has drawn comparisons to former Dallas Cowboys' Pro Bowl tackle Erik Williams.

Each player referenced the battle during SEC media days, with Richardson admitting that he'd watched the replay of Clowney's sack and forced fumble "hundreds of times" during the offseason. Richardson, who has played well this season and also is a first-round prospect, struggled with Clowney this time around. He was flagged three times on Saturday, including a critical personal foul that pushed Tennessee out of potential field goal range late in the fourthquarter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/23/2013 - Despite sloppy play, easy to see NFL talent in SEC showdown....LT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee - There is no denying that he had his struggles today, especially against Florida's talented pass rusher Dante Fowler. But it's easy to see why Richardson is so highly thought of by many at the next level. He has an ideal frame and wingspan for the position with the set-up quickness that is above average for a 330+ pounder. Richardson needs to iron-out issues with his technique, balance and finishing toughness, but he's a very good mover for his size and has a lot of potential if he can continue to develop. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 17. Antonio Richardson*, OT, Tennessee (6-6, 332): Nicknamed "Tiny," Richardson and his game proved anything but last season at left tackle for the Vols. Richardson is certainly a bit raw after just one season of starting action, but he's shockingly smooth for a man of his size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 17. OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (6-6, 332, 5.16)* -- Nicknamed "Tiny," Richardson and his game proved anything but last season at left tackle for the Vols. Richardson is certainly a bit raw after just one season of starting action, but he's shockingly smooth for a man of his size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/29/2013 - TOP TENNESSEE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Antonio Richardson (6-6, 332, 5.16)*...Tennessee's spectacular collection of skill-position a year ago certainly deserves a great deal of credit for their explosive offense. Consider that despite facing SEC defenses each week, the Vols' averaged a gaudy 475.9 yards per game in 2012 - and this came via a pro-style offense that often asked its playmaking receivers to run deep routes and the relatively un-athletic Bray to scan the field. Too little of the credit for Tennessee's success, however, was given to their blockers - a unit that allowed just eight sacks all season long - including then-sophomore left tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson.

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 Dooley elected to move steady senior Dallas Thomas inside to left guard in 2012 to hand Richardson the critical role of protecting Bray's blindside. The gamble on Richardson's potential and Thomas' versatility paid off as each earned Second Team All-SEC honors. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/29/2013 - TOP TENNESSEE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Antonio Richardson (6-6, 332, 5.16)*...Nicknamed "Tiny," Richardson is, of course, quite the opposite at a massive 6-6, 332 pounds. As physically imposing as they come, Richardson looks like the second coming of former Dallas Cowboys' star Erik Williams (6-6, 324). He's 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 blindside. 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.

Just a junior, Richardson hasn't yet generated the buzz of some of the other top offensive tackles throughout the country. Should he take his game to another level in 2013, however, "Tiny" may not be around long enough to generate hype at the collegiate level before the allure of the NFL pushes him to the pros. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/27/2013 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Hold the line. Tennessee's offensive line is the unquestioned strength of this team, with 123 career starts when combining all the linemen's prior experience. Senior tackle Ja'Wuan James has 37 career starts and has been in the lineup for every game to date in his collegiate career. Counting everybody, Tennessee returns 123 career starts on its offensive line. That's good news in every aspect of the game, ranging from pass protection and run blocking and stamina. It's a good thing when the newcomer to the lineup already has 14 career starts on his docket, and the Vols feel good about at least two guys coming off the bench. If the Vols can match the eight sacks allowed in 2012, it will be an outstanding building block for Jones' era as coach. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee,...Earned starting left tackle job in training camp as senior...Started all 12 games at left tackle in 2012...Helped offense to 475.9 yards per game (20th in NCAA), 315.6 yards of passing offense (15th in NCAA), just eight sacks allowed (0.67 per game/fourth in NCAA)...Vols had five games with 500-plus yards of total offense in 2012, the most since posting six in 1997. - Tennessee football

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (76)...The Vols offensive line, helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 477.6 yards per game and allowed just seven sacks, the second fewest in the NCAA in 2012. The front has accumulated a plethora of preseason honors including the ranking of the No. 2 overall offensive line in the nation and best in the SEC from Lindy's and Athlon Sports. - Tennessee football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, OT...This marks the third straight season that a Vol has been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List as Dallas Thomas earned the honor last season and Malik Jackson was named in 2011. On the offensive line, Ja'Wuan James and Richardson helped pave the way for a Vol offense that averaged 477.6 yards per game and allowed just seven sacks, the second fewest in the NCAA. The duo has accumulated a plethora of preseason honors including the ranking of the No. 2 overall offensive line in the nation and best in the SEC from Lindy's and Athlon Sports. - Tennessee football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: T Antonio Richardson, Tennessee...This marks the third straight season that a Vol has been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List as Dallas Thomas earned the honor last season and Malik Jackson was named in 2011. On the offensive line, Ja'Wuan James and Richardson helped pave the way for a Vol offense that averaged 477.6 yards per game and allowed just seven sacks, the second fewest in the NCAA. The duo has accumulated a plethora of preseason honors including the ranking of the No. 2 overall offensive line in the nation and best in the SEC from Lindy's and Athlon Sports. - Tennessee football

 
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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