Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects: Bobby Richardson


As we move closer and closer to the draft we continue to take a look at possible draft prospects that the Buffalo Bills should take a look at and possibly take in this years NFL Draft. 

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As we continue with the defensive tackle position, to build for the future, we take a look at Bobby Richardson, out of Indiana. Richardson has a draft grade of 5.68 and falls within the category of potentially being a NFL starter.

Standing at 6’3″ and weighing 283 pounds, as far as size goes, he is on the lighter side for a defensive tackle. Richardson led the Indiana team in 2013 in tackles with 39 and had 3.5 sacks. Last year he had 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for losses. He has had a history of injuries that have nagged him as well as a sorts hernia as well.

As far as strengths and weaknesses go for Bobby Richardson…

"Athletic big man with plus agility. Has great coordination between hands and feet. Has long arms and works his hands inside. Looks to shed blocker quickly against the run. Plays with stronger base than expected for his size and doesn’t give blockers a squared target for long. Played defensive end in Indiana’s 3-4. Fires upfield with desired burst and plays on lineman’s edge as pass rusher. Relentless motor with a desire to get his licks in on the ball carrier as often as he can. Eyes stay on the prize. Almost always finds and chases running backs and quarterbacks no matter how far across field.Lacks desired height of 3-4 end and desired mass of a 4-3 defensive tackle. Might not be clean fit for some defenses and could limit teams who have him prioritized on draft board. Shows some hesitation when asked to change directions to tackle running backs. Misses more tackle opportunities than he should.– NFL.com"

He is compared to Jerel Worthy, and having longer arms, is stated to be able to play taller than he really is. An athletic player that can be disruptive for a couple of plays at a time.

The bottom line is…

"Richardson’s tape is full of plays and near plays thanks to his outstanding pursuit and his ability to shed and find the ball quickly. While he lacks the desired height to play defensive end in an odd front, his length and outstanding work with his hands give him a shot at that spot. He has enough strength and room for more bulk to project inside in an upfield 4-3 defense. Richardson’s athleticism and hand usage make him an ascending prospect with starter potential.– NFL.com"

As far as guys that could player for the Buffalo Bills and Rex Ryan, I think that there are other options that will fit better than Bobby Richardson into the system that is being looked at to be put into place. Richardson may be that disruptive player, but he does not fit in with the type of defensive line player that Rex Ryan has come to use.

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