NFL Draft Rewind: No. 7 Anthony Richardson

The place they had been ranked: For many of his recruitment, the Gainesville (Fla.) Eastside dual-threat quarterback was a three-star prospect, however in December of his senior season Richardson was bumped to four-star standing contained in the Rivals250. He completed because the sixth-best dual-threat QB in a 2020 class led by Bryce Younger. A number of years later, it’s clear he ought to’ve been even greater on that record.

Recruitment: Richardson initially dedicated to Florida in the course of the summer season earlier than his junior season, however he backed off that pledge as Penn State and others made a run on the Gainesville Eastside standout whereas the Gators stored recruiting Carson Beck, amongst others. However after a pair months and reassurance he was the man for the 2020 class, Richardson re-committed to Florida.

Greatest draft query: The priority with Richardson is accuracy. There is no such thing as a questioning his measurement, his athletic and playmaking capability, however Richardson accomplished simply 54.7 p.c of his passes at Florida and had a 24/15 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Reminiscences: Richardson is who Richardson was.

That’s my greatest reminiscence concerning the four-star quarterback is that he was a bodily specimen and appeared nice throughout his highschool days – though he has undoubtedly bulked up since attending to Florida. He had a tremendously robust arm, but additionally was a bit wild and threw a number of too many picks.

I keep in mind Richardson coming by means of the Nationwide Mix registration day in San Antonio as a part of the All-American Bowl week and he undoubtedly stood out within the resort. He was tall and appeared nice. Then on the sphere, he zipped the ball in every single place – some sailed on him and missed their mark.

That continues to be the case with Richardson as much as draft night time. He’s a freakish athlete with unbelievable bodily instruments which were developed within the SEC, however his accuracy has not come collectively and he throws too many interceptions. That might flip off some NFL groups however others may fall in love along with his athletic capability and suppose they will repair him, as a result of he did undergo a number of coaches on the school stage.

A number of months in the past, I talked with the daddy of LSU four-star quarterback commit Colin Hurley, who skilled with Richardson in Jacksonville.

He raved concerning the Florida quarterback as a bodily specimen and that was on show on the NFL Mix. Whereas there’s versatility in what sorts of offenses he can run, the query stays whether or not Richardson can sit within the pocket and precisely run an offense by finishing passes down the sphere and never flip the ball over.

It’s been the query from his highschool days, by means of school and it stays to date.

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