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Cyril Richardson

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Cyril Richardson Photo: NFL.com

Breakdown:

#68
Class: Senior
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 329 lbs.
School: Baylor
Bio:
  • Outland Trophy Finalist - nation's top interior lineman (2013)
  • First-team All-American (2013)
  • Second-team All-American (2012)
  • 2x First-team All-Big 12 (2013, 2012)
  • Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year (2012)

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Richardson accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile
  • On Monday, the former Bear had to be praying that the coaches would take Pitt DT Aaron Donald off of him in one-on-ones as it was a problematic matchup for the burly Baylor guard.  Richardson had issues moving Donald off of his spot in one-on-one run block drills and was beaten with speed and a bull rush by Donald.  Richardson needs to come ready to play on Tuesday.
  • On Tuesday, Richardson continued to struggle with his balance.  When Richardson was asked to use power, he wins.  But, his lateral quickness has been exposed as a weakness.  He’s definitely lost the leverage battle against 6’ Pitt DT Aaron Donald.  He clearly matches up better against power players like Penn State DT DaQuan Jones and showed that in 1-on-1 and team situations.
  • It's a tale of two practices for Richardson as the mammoth guard had issues again on one on one drills, but was dominant as a run blocker in the team portion of practice.  Interestingly enough, one of Richardson's victims was Pitt's Donald who caused Richardson so many problems in one on ones.  Richardson's power and run blocking ability definitely popped on Wednesday and it's obvious that game tape is the must better measure for Richardson than Senior Bowl one-on-one drills.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.36 seconds
  • Bench Press - 25 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 25.5"
  • Broad Jump - 8'7"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.70 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.83 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 34 5/8"
  • Hand size - 9 1/2"

Pros

  • Naturally powerful man with massive frame
  • Shows ability to pull from gap to gap
  • When pad level is right he gets good push off the line of scrimmage
  • Can withstand a bull rush
  • Good, upright pass protector - not a leaner
  • Strong, ready punch and hands

Cons

  • Tends to play too high too often
  • Not physically equipped to recover if beaten in pass pro
  • Doesn't handle 2nd level assignments with consistency
  • Limited to team running power scheme only
  • Tends to fall off of run blocks earlier than you would like

Film Room

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1:22 Struggles badly to stay anywhere near his assigned defender
1:45 Pulls in short space and seals gap
2:51 Overwhelms his man with power thanks to low pad level
4:05 Good pad level and hand placement allows him to win with power
6:48 Pulls, searches and finishes

Report

Richardson started his career off playing left tackle for Baylor as a sophomore before moving inside to left guard over the last two seasons.  Richardson was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2012 and First Team All-American this season.
 
Despite playing in Baylor's wide open offense, Richardson wasn't asked to play on the move as much as you might think.  While Richardson has shown the ability to pull and connect with his target on power plays, he isn't equipped to consistently block in space and needs to be more of a phone-booth mauler.
 
On tape, Richardson shows the ability to adjust to twists and stunts and he plays with good technique.  He does a nice job of timing up his punch and he plays with strong hands and a keeps his eyes focused on his target rather than letting his head drop on contact.
 
Richardson's draft value will rest in the hands of teams looking to run more power and gap plays in their running game.  He flashes solid technique in pass protection, but will have some issues when matched up against interior quickness on passing downs.  Richardson wasn't asked to fire out and dominate as often as he will be asked to on the next level and that style of play should suit his strengths - which is his strength.

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