Barry Richardson Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'7 - 330 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Barry Richardson, OL, Clemson
At 6-7 and 330 pounds, Barry Richardson is a big, big man. It is not surprising that the Clemson product has decent strength, but he is also surprisingly quick and athletic. Much of that quickness can be attributed to his dropping of 20 pounds prior to his junior season, which obviously increased his speed and lateral quickness. He ended that year on many publications' All-American team and started the 2007 campaign the same way. A four-year starter, Richardson has all the physical tools to be a quality tackle in the NFL. However, he can have some problems finishing blocks, which makes him an average pass blocker. Some run first team will take a chance on him in the second or third round and work on his strength and finishing abilities. Part of that problem may be because Clemson spent a lot of time on the ground throughout Richardson's career with James Davis and C.J. Spiller in the backfield. When Richardson has to learn to become a more effective pass blocker, he has the tools and know-how to do it effectively. With a plethora of offensive tackles projected around the second round, Richardson's stock may end up falling even further. Yet, he does have better physical tools to work with than many other tackles in this class and he just needs a little more coaching to be a quality NFL tackle. 2/27 Update: Richardson has some power at the point of attack, but his numbers at the Combine do not warrant a first round selection. He ran one of the slowest 40s and was not spectacular in the bench press. For a guy who is 6-7 and 330 pounds, nobody expected a fast time, but he could have done more to help his stock. 3/28 Update: Barry Richardson's stock continues to drop fast. His average showing at the Combine did not warrant a first round selection and now other issues are compounding with his Combine performance to drop him down even further. His lack of intensity is being called into question by many and that will keep some teams away when other just as physically gifted offensive tackles are available. It will be interesting to see how far he ends up falling, but his production on the field does warrant a second round selection. However, that will not be enough for Richardson to hear his name on the first day of the NFL Draft. 4/18 Update: As quickly as Barry Richardson dropped out of the first day of the draft, he dropped down to the fourth or fifth round (according to most pundits). He still has a nice frame, but the amount of work that will need to go into making him a solid NFL tackle seems to be increasing on a daily basis. His sliding down the draft boards might be a little too extreme and somebody will be getting a decent value for their selection if they take him in the fourth or fifth round.
Last Updated Apr-17-2008 by Joel Welser