NFL Draft Profiles: Offensive Tackles Edition

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August 31, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers offensive linesman

Antonio Richardson

(74) celebrates in the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Georgia Dome. Tennessee beat NC State 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-6 WEIGHT: 336 COLLEGE: Tennessee

10 YARD SPLIT: 1.81 BENCH: 36 BROAD: n/a

One of the hardest tackles to figure out in the draft is Antonio Richardson. The tools suggest he could be a first round pick, but his technique says he could be a second or early third day selection.

Richardson’s size and athleticism would play very well at right tackle, a position he has experience playing along with left tackle. Again, the versatility could play a role in how the Chiefs view him on their draft board.

A knock on Richardson is there is a chance four of five starting offensive linemen from Tennessee are drafted. The amount of talent on their line could have hid some weaknesses for some of the players, but knowing who benefited the most from such a talented line is hard to know as a laymen.

Rang and Stephens on Richardson.

"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."

Richardson could go anywhere from the first round to the fourth round. Trying to figure out his draft projection has been difficult.