Anthony Richardson is a redshirt sophomore QB prospect for the Florida Gators who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. Richardson's record setting combine performance has given him a lot of positive momentum going into the draft. The Gator QB has the athletic tools and arm talent to be one of the best QB prospects in the draft.
I’m starting to buy into the Anthony Richardson hype:
Anthony Richardson enjoyed his first season as the starter in 2022. He flashed superstar potential at times but the majority of his play was full of questionable decision-making. Richardson finished the season with a stat line of 2,549 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, nine interceptions, and another nine rushing touchdowns.
Anthony Richardson Prospect Summary
Anthony Richardson profiles as a dual-threat quarterback playmaker who can rush the ball on designed QB runs or out of structure when plays breaks down. Richardson’s athleticism can be used in the passing game or as a runner. When protection breaks down Richardson avoids sacks by escaping out the pocket. A natural playmaker who looks comfortable stepping out of structured play into backyard football type situations.
The questions around Anthony Richardson concern him as a passer. Arm strength and ability to push the ball down the field with ease are his go-to weapons, but plenty of canon-arm QB's don't make it at the next level. While Richardson can push the ball 50-plus yards down the field for explosive plays he must get better at the short and intermediate throws. These throws require excellent timing with receivers and can be done in a routine fashion unlike the erratic bombs down the field approach.
Anthony Richardson’s arm strength allows him to throw across the entire field. Richardson seems to get all the basics of playing QB; dropping the ball over the shoulder of a receiver, placing the ball in between two defenders in zone, reading coverages and working through progressions. Richardson is just inconsistent with how he goes about his QB play and is too reluctant to fall back on his athletic gifts to try and force a play. Coaching up his throwing mechanics, giving him time to develop chemistry with his receivers and providing him with an offensive game plan he trusts so that he doesn't have to go off script the majority of the time to make a play will help Richardson reach his high-ceiling potential.
Anthony Richardson looking down the middle and sees the safety flat-footed (might be looking him off) and throws a perfect go ball with one hitch:
As a backfield runner, Anthony Richardson mirrors a power halfback. When receivers are covered Richardson would often run through defenders to pick up yardage in short-yardage situations. As the recently held combine confirmed Richardson has plenty of athletic burst to add to all the power. On designed QB runs, Richardson would often rip off big runs in the open field burning defenders with his speed.
Anthony Richardson 40 yard dash, 244 lbs, running an unofficial 4.44:
Anthony Richardson's ceiling is limited until he improves his accuracy. As a Gator his ball placement and location were inconsistent, at the pro level he'll be punished for this in ways he never was in college. Accuracy comes from passing mechanics (how the QB positions himself to throw). He'll have to be taught consistent mechanics he doesn't run away from when the game gets intense.
At the NFL level inaccuracy doesn't just lead to missed throws, incompletions, tipped throws but also costly interceptions and wide receiver complaints mudding up team chemistry.
Overall Anthony 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. Where he lands will play a huge part in whether he learns to consistently execute good QB play by reading coverages and throwing accurate passes in rhythm and with consistency. A franchise coaching/ management ability will determine how high his ceiling can become as a QB.
Here are some comps on Anthony Richardson's size:
Anthony Richardson: 6'4”, 244 lbs
George Kittle: 6'4", 247 lbs
Derrick Henry: 6'3”, 247 lbs
Von Miller: 6'3”, 246 lbs
Ben Roethlisberger: 6'5”, 241 lbs
Cam Newton: 6'5”, 248 lbs