Anthony Richardson NFL Draft

Anthony Richardson

  • QB Florida
  • Sophomore
  • #25
  • 6'4"
  • 232lbs
  • Prospect
  • Southeastern

Prospect Summary

Anthony Richardson NFL Draft Scouting Report

QB, Florida Gators

Anthony Richardson is a redshirt sophomore QB prospect who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. He entered the year with a lot of momentum coming off of a 2021 season where he played sparingly but showcased the athletic tools and arm talent to be one of the best QB prospects in the draft. Richardson’s first season as the starter (2022) was full of both high-level moments and questionable decision-making, finishing the season with a stat line of 2,549 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, nine interceptions, and another nine rushing touchdowns. Richardson profiles as a dual-threat quarterback with great arm strength and the athleticism to make plays with his legs, both on designed QB runs and out of structure when protection breaks down. 

As a passer, Richardson’s arm strength and ability to push the ball down the field with ease are immediately evident. With simply a flick of the wrist, Richardson can push the ball 50-plus yards down the field effortlessly. Richardson also has the ability to put velocity on his passes to fit the ball in tight, condensed spaces between defenders. Richardson’s arm strength allows him to have access to the entire field and there is simply not a throw that Richardson can not make from an arm strength perspective. On occasion, Richardson has also shown that he can change tempo and trajectories on the football, dropping the ball over the shoulder of a receiver or placing the ball in between two defenders in zone. Reading coverages and working through progressions, Richardson shows that he can read defenses high to low and is disciplined enough to take the check-down throw underneath when necessary.

When it comes to Richardson’s athleticism, he is able to use it in both the passing game and as a runner. When protection breaks down before Richardson is able to get through all of his progressions, he can escape the pocket and extend the play to make an out-of-structure play by either delivering the ball down the field or picking up yards by running the football. On designed QB rollouts and bootlegs, Richardson has shown that he can accurately throw the football on the run and properly read three-layered route concepts and deliver the football accurately on the run. 

As a runner, Richardson profiles as a powerful runner. On designed QB runs, Richardson can become a one-cut runner that can rip off big runs in the open field. He can also make the decision to run through defenders to pick up yardage in short-yardage situations. 

Richardson’s improvements are centered around his accuracy. While Richardson has a strong arm, ball placement and location are a couple key elements that Richardson appears to be inconsistent with. It appears Richardson’s accuracy comes from his mechanics. When he can operate correctly mechanically, everything looks good. When he doesn’t quite execute proper mechanics, it leads to missed throws, incompletions, tipped throws, or interceptions.

Overall Richardson is a QB prospect who has all of the physical tools that are coveted in a modern NFL dual-threat quarterback to be a franchise quarterback, but his ability to consistently execute the details of the game reading coverages and throwing accurate passes will determine how high his ceiling can become as a QB.

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Dual-threat QB 
  • Rare arm strength  
  • Developmental physical tools 

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Throwing mechanics  
  • Accuracy 

Size (NFL Combine):

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 244 lbs

Arm Length: 32 3/4″

Hand Size: 10 1/2″

Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):

40-yard Dash: 4.43s

Vertical Jump: 40.5″

Broad Jump: 10’9″

Short-Shuttle: TBD

Three-Cone: TBD

Bench Reps: TBD

Ideal Role: Drafted as potential franchise QB 

Scheme Fit: Multiple offense that implements pistol formation and incorporates called QB runs 

TDN Consensus Grade: 81.50/100 (Second-Round Value)

  • Sanchez Grade: 81.50/100

Written By: Keith Sanchez 

Exposures:  Georgia (2022), Kentucky (2022), LSU (2022), Tennessee (2022)

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