Hello guys, welcome back to another addition of "A Diamond in the Rough" last time, I did an article on Vanderbilt superstar WR Jordan Matthews, HERE IS THE LINK http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/9/16/4737518/man-among-boys-jordan-matthews-wr-vanderbilt
Also, as a note, these posts will now all be called "A Diamond in the Rough". I tried to add a new series to these things called "A Man Among Boys" but you guys seemed too familiar with diamond in the rough so I'm sticking with that. I will still be doing posts on top prospects and under the radar guys, so no worries.
looking over some of the comments and conversations I had about my last post, most of you guys wanted the next post to be a Top OG prospect. So I looked around and I found the perfect guy. So without further ado lets introduce Run DMC's potential best friend
Offensive Guard, Baylor
Conference: The Big 12
games played: 41
Knockdowns: currently 248
Projected round: 1-2
position rank: 1-2
The very definition of power, Richardson is a giant among men when it comes to the Guard position. Serving as the main anchor for Baylor's Offensive Line A.K.A "The Wall", Richardson stands at a massive 6 foot 5 inches and 340+ pounds, Richardson has been a beast at LG throughout his career in Baylor. Richardson has had much success pass blocking for Robert Griffen III, who was the number 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, pass blocking is not all he can do, he also run blocks for the explosive Running back and potential Heisman Trophy candidate, Lache Seastrunk who is also labeled as a first round pick. It is fair to say that Cyril Richardson has done his job very well in both the pass and run with his efforts not going unnoticed.
While doing some research on Richardson, I kept getting different grades on him, some gave him a second round grade, others gave him a first round. Some called him the best OG in the draft, others put him as the fourth best. I guess Offensive Guards get no love. So to be fair lets just give Cyril Richardson a mid first to early second round grade while being one of the top 3 guards in the country. Sound fair? Anyway, lets get on with a quick bio and some stats on this beast of a man as well as a good ol' fashion scouting report.
It was in 2010, as a redshirt freshman that Richardson finally came onto the scene. He played 12 of 13 games and started 4 of them at guard. Earning 63 Knockdowns on the year, Richardson made Big 12 All-Freshman team and garnered fifth-team Postseason All-Freshman honors. In his very first start against No. 4 TCU, Richardson had 5 knockdowns on the day. That year, Baylor's Offensive Line ranked third in Big 12 and 24th nationally in rushing with 194.6 ypg and fourth in conference in sacks with 1.54 per game.
Now in 2011, this is where it got interesting, Richardson played and started all 13 games at left tackle. Going from Guard to left Tackle is never easy but Richardson took on the challenge and surpassed expectations and helped RG3 make his way towards a Heisman Trophy.. Richardson was ranked third on the team with 70 knockdowns and named honorable-mention All-Big 12 by league coaches, named preseason All-Big 12 and selected to Rivals.com 2011 All-Spring team. With Richardson guarding RG3's blind-side, Baylor's offensive Line ranked second nationally.
In 2012, Richardson finally established himself as one of the best lineman in the country Richardson was asked in 2012 to move to LG which set him up with his best year of his career. Richardson played all 13 games in 2012 and earned All-American Honors as well as unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection and selected Big 12 Offensive Lineman of Year by league coaches. Richardson was an absolute beast at LG, helping Baylor lead the offensive line that led Big 12 in rushing with 231.7 ypg and finished second nationally in total offense with 572.2 ypg. Richardson had a team-high of 105 knockdowns.
To go with his incredible resume of production and flexibility at the Line with LT experience, Richardson has a great scouting report and looks to be a perfect match for what the Oakland Raiders wants to do in the ground game. On the Baylor Football website, it was listed that Richardson had benched 400 pounds and recorded 32 reps on 225-pound bench with also squatting 665 pounds. THATS A STRONG M****F***ER RIGHT THERE! There are no problems with injuries since he has played 41 games out 42.
By NFL Draft Scout, "Cyril Richardson is a dominating Drive -Blocker who projects best at Guard in the NFL. Richardson is shockingly athletic and extremely powerful, he has an appetite for pancake blocks and has a better future in a power-based scheme. Richardson has the natural frame, size and wingspan to plow open run lanes and take defenders out of the game. Richardson does best in the run game but blocked really well, for RG3. He gets to the second level very easily and is very quick for his size. however, Richardson still needs to improve his hand quickness and placement off the snap but he counters this by having great recovery and great use of angles."
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah,"He weighs more than 340 pounds and uses that size and power to maul defenders in the run game. He has unbelievably strong hands to torque and turn defenders at the point of attack. He also does a nice job of running his feet after his initial contact, which allows him to create a lot of movement at the line of scrimmage. He has a very firm, powerful base in pass protection."
Look for Richardson on Saturday, he is definitely someone to follow during the year and can be a guy that can come in right away and start for the Oakland Raiders week one with no ifs, ands, or buts. HE IS A BEAST!