OG CYRIL RICHARDSON, BAYLOR

6’5” – 340 lbs. – 5.35e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 12 GP / 4 GS (LG)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (LT)
2012: 13 GP / 12 GS (LG)

OVERVIEW:

Started four games at guard as a redshirt freshman, then transitioned to left tackle as a sophomore, starting all thirteen games for the Bears. In 2012, started twelve of thirteen games after returning to left guard, giving him 29 starts entering the 2013 season. Was named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year by the conference’s coaches following the 2012 season. Can reportedly bench-press 32 repetitions of 225 pounds.

STRENGTHS:

•    Highly decorated starter with over three years of quality experience.
•    Massive player who’s bigger than any opposing defender he faces.
•    Consequently, possesses a very effective anchor in pass protection.
•    Despite his size, his mobility in the run game is one of his best traits.
•    Can dominate individual defenders when he attacks their shoulder.
•    Often makes an initial block and moves onto a second man afterwards.
•    Best in an inline scheme but may be able to fit into a zone scheme as well.
•    Was successful protecting Robert Griffin’s blind side as a sophomore.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Tends to rely on his size and isn’t necessarily a dominant drive blocker.
•    Awareness in pass protection is less than ideal, blows some assignments.
•    Doesn’t have outstanding grip strength and falls off of some blocks.
•    Probably restricted to guard in the pros despite playing a year at tackle.
•    May be able to do it, but is not a prototypical zone-blocking candidate.

SUMMARY:

One of the most physically imposing linemen in the draft, Richardson’s gargantuan build is enhanced by also possessing the mobility of a smaller player. As a run defender, he is highly effective at executing a variety of assignments, if not quite as dominant as you’d prefer. His pass protection skills are a little bit lacking despite having played left tackle, as he seems to make mistakes identifying which player to block and allowing free passes into the backfield. Best fit is easily as an inline left guard. RD 2

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