cyril richardson


baylor bears

offensive guard

Size: 6'5, 329



Arm Length: 34 5/8 inch    40: 5.36    Bench: 25 reps    Vertical:25.5 inch    3-cone: 7.70   broad: 7 ft 7 in  

Shawn's grade: 4th to 5th Round Pick: Cyril Richardson is a strong interior presence whose reliability and consistency over three years helped pave the way for Baylor to have their most successful stretch of seasons in the program's history. Projecting to the NFL, Richardson has the mass and size needed to develop into a quality interior offensive lineman. However, he has some bad weight, his flexibility is limited, and he lacks the mean streak that you look for in a lineman who finishes his blocks. He fits the power run game best at the next level and lacks the mobility to be a good fit in a zone blocking scheme. Richardson has the tools to develop into a quality starting guard in the NFL, however he's a bit of an over-hyped prospect who struggled at the Senior Bowl and needs to get over his lazy habits from college in order to reach his full upside and potential; because of this he reminds me of Carl Nicks coming out of Nebraska in 2008.

Bio: Three-year starter with 42 career starts at Baylor. Started 29 games at left guard between his junior and senior seasons after having started 13 games at left tackle as a sophomore in 2011. The only player in Big 12 history to win the conference's Offensive Lineman of the Year award (2012, 2013). Owns a thick, maxed-out frame with some bad weight and the length desired from an interior offensive lineman.

Pros: Phone booth player. Owns a lethal combination of size and strength as a run blocker. Physically imposing player capable of swallowing up smaller defenders and pancaking them to the ground. Functionally is a very strong player capable of neutralizing the player for the remainder of the play when he locks on and sustains. When he comes off the ball low, he shows the leverage and lower body strength to dig out and drive the defender backwards off the ball to pave open a wide running lane. Knock back blocker who delivers a strong initial punch at the point of attack when engaging the defender off the ball; flashes the ability to uncoil on the defender by rolling through the hips, however he does not do this consistently enough. Owns enough maneuverability to pull out and work up the hole by sealing a defensive lineman inside. Pass set is compact, not letting his arms get outside the defender's frame. Wide frame makes it difficult for defenders to work around him; when combined with his strength at the point of attack he proved to be a very reliable anchor in pass protection at Baylor. Shows the eyes and awareness in pass protection to transition from one defender to another as he sees incoming rushers.

Cons: Lazy with his technique. Would like to see him develop a mean streak and add more glass to his diet. Lacks a killer instinct; gets lost in space too much, often letting the defender free after only engaging off the ball resulting in him standing alone with no one to block. Lets his pad level rise too often in the run game; needs to work on sustaining and finishing his blocks through the entirety of the play. Not yet a finisher and needs to do a better job of churning his legs through contact on a more consistent basis. Stops his feet on contact too often. Average initial quickness off the ball. Limited range to shuffle his feet inside in pass protection; struggles to work laterally as he is stiff with limited range of motion. Would like to see a better arch in his back and better flexibility in his hips in his pass set. Can get top-heavy, resulting in him over-extending when he gets caught reaching.

Background: Named first-team All-American in 2013; second-team All-American in 2012. Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2012 and 2013. First-team All-Big 12 in 2012 and 2013; honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2011. Has no know injury or off-field question marks. In 2012 was suspended for one half after being ejected in the game against Iowa State for kicking an opposing player in the groin. Owns a reported 400-pound bench press and 665-pound squat. Coming out of North Crowley High School in Texas was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 90 offensive tackle in the country by


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