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Cyril Richardson is the highly-decorated, well-known and massive offensive guard prospect from the Baylor Bears. His 2014 NFL Draft resume comes loaded with All American, All Conference, and awards finalist notations.
Here’s an excerpt from his official school bio outlining his career achievements over the course of his 51 games played, 42 started (29 at OG, 11 at LT):
2013 ALL-AMERICA, UNANIMOUS FIRST TEAM
2013 JIM PARKER AWARD WINNER
2013 OUTLAND TROPHY FINALIST
2014 SENIOR BOWL
2013 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
2013 ALL-BIG 12, UNANIMOUS FIRST TEAM
2012 ALL-AMERICA, SECOND TEAM
2012 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
2012 ALL-BIG 12, UNANIMOUS FIRST TEAM
2011 ALL-BIG 12, HONORABLE MENTION
2010 BIG 12 ALL-FRESHMAN
Needless to say, Richardson has pretty much done it all in the college ranks.
But as the NFL Draft community knows, career accolades and box score production can be misleading if you put too much stock into it. Cyril Richardson, to me, is a very good example of this point. Below is FRG Scouting’s evaluation of the mammoth offensive guard.
PLAYER NAME: Cyril Richardson
Position/School: OG | Baylor
Teetering on too heavy for the position, Cyril Richardson will have to be careful not to eat himself out of the NFL…Standing 6’4 and weighing over 340lbs, his mid-section is sloppy and could become detrimental to his longterm shelf-life in the NFL…A physical, mauling in-line blocker, Richardson is able to dominate on brute strength and power; he uses his body weight well to put the defender on skates…Plays with an aggressive style; has a mean/nasty streak…Able to anchor versus the bull rush/power moves; Becomes an immovable object when he locks onto the defender in pass protection…Has experience playing both OG and OT; his 42 collegiate starts (29 at OG) is an appealing asset.
While Richardson is a good athlete for a man weighing more than 340lbs, he’s still slow to the second level and possesses only average feet for the position…Struggles versus quicker defensive tackles, especially ones with good COD and skilled hands…Relies too much on his massive frame (absorbs contact); needs to develop a quicker punch out of his stance…While he tends to display superior strength on the majority of his reps, there are moments when he is easily shed or struggles to maintain his ground versus smaller, likely weaker, defenders…Will be limited to traditional, power running game; Fails to possess enough athleticism to succeed, consistently, in space and is not an ideal candidate for ZBS.
On the next level, Cyril Richardson projects as a good run blocking prospect for the guard position. His lacking quick-twitch athleticism combined with his overweight frame could lead to major problems in pass protection versus NFL-caliber defensive tackles. While Richardson is the kind of mean and tough in-line run blocker that teams need (and want) to establish a physical identity, in today’s NFL he could become more of a liability than an asset. Richardson will have to lose around 20lbs to maximize his potential. If he doesn’t, he could end up as a below-average starter/backup in the NFL.
GRADE: 6.9 (High-4th)