NAME: Anthony Richardson
HEIGHT: 6’4 1/4″
HOMETOWN: Gainesville, FL
HIGH SCHOOL: Eastside
GAMES WATCHED: Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Utah, Missouri, LSU
- 2020 (3 games): 1-2 passing (50%) for 27 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT; 7 carries for 61 yards (8.7 per carry).
- 2021 (7 games): 38-64 passing (59.4%) for 529 yards, 6 TDs, and 5 INT; 51 carries for 401 yards (7.9 per carry) and 3 TDs.
- 2022 (12 games): 176-327 passing (53.8%) for 2,549 yards, 17 TDs, and 9 INT; 103 carries for 654 yards (6.3 per carry) and 9 TDs.
- Arm Talent: 75 (Elite)
- Accuracy: 40 (Below Average)
- Out of Structure: 60 (Above Average)
- Pocket Presence: 75 (Elite)
- Decision Making: 50 (Average)
- Mechanics: 30 (Poor)
- Touch/Placement: 40 (Below Average)
- Progressions: 55 (Above Average)
- Mobility: 80 (Hall of Fame)
- Size/Frame: 80 (Hall of Fame)
Richardson is, without question, the most volatile prospect in this class, regardless of position. At his best, his top tier arm and ability to make the most of a murky pocket make him dangerous out of structure. He often went through his progressions strongly and got to the right read. However, it appears that his arm has to catch up to his mind at times. Richardson will get to the read he wants to throw to, but waits for them to come open as opposed to throwing them to space. This, especially behind Florida’s offensive line, often times led to Richardson taking unnecessary hits and having to alter his arm angle. Thus, we begin to see Richardson’s biggest flaw. His mechanics are wildly inconsistent. At times, he sits comfortably in the pocket, keeps his top and bottom half in sync, and delivers strong throws downfield. However, it is much more often that his feet run wild, take unnecessary steps and hops, and he rushes his release, causing his arm to swing wildly out of his frame. Despite these mechanical flaws, the flashes are more than there, and Richardson makes three or four throws a game that few else, even at the next level, can make. He is by no means perfect, but the highs are higher than anyone in this class, and it’s that, combined with the flashes of solid mechanics and growth mentally from game to game, that are enough to make him my QB1.