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08/31/14 - T Antonio Richardson, a rookie free agent from Tennessee, was too impressive to release but not quite good enough to trust as a swing tackle on a 53-man roster. So the Vikings placed him on injured reserve. Persistent knee injuries at the University of Tennessee prevented Richardson from being drafted.
05/13/14 - Vikings Sign 15 College Free Agents: Antonio Richardson, Tackle, Tennessee...Started 24 consecutive games at LT for the Vols including all 12 games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and played in 36 total games at Tennessee...A member of the offensive line that aided the Volunteer offense gain 2,261 rushing yards in 2013, the most by Tennessee since 2004...CBSSports.com Third Team All-American, AP All-SEC Second Team Selection...Aided offense in school-record 718 yards vs. Troy (11/3/12) in which current teammate Cordarrelle Patterson amassed a team-best 219 receiving yards. Richardson and Patterson were teammates for one season. - Minnesota Vikings
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 72/8. *Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee, 6-6, 336, 5.21, 2-3...Here is a big, strong, experienced left tackle who may be able to step in and help soon, but is already near his ceiling. Overcame academic challenges to start 24 of 36 career games and may take a while to grasp a new playbook. Has been compared to Pittsburgh Steelers' Marcus Gilbert (2nd round, 2011). Frankly: Richardson, whose constant conditioning troubles are reflected in his nickname "Tiny," has some raw ability, but is not as aware as an NFL offensive lineman needs to be. He was abused last season by South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 rated player in this draft. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 45. Antonio Richardson OT, Tennessee (6-6, 336, 5.30, JR)...A heavy waist bender who gets lazy at times, Richardson has exciting potential because of his wide base, stout frame and vines for arms. His inconsistent technique makes it tough for him to sustain, but if he irons out the wrinkles, Richardson has a high NFL ceiling. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/04/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Offensive linemen draw a crowd at Tennessee...Representatives from every team in the NFL descended upon the University of Tennessee Wednesday to take in the Pro Day and while prospects at virtually every position were evaluated, the Vols' talented offensive line was the clear focus. Eight offensive line coaches were among the NFL personnel on hand for the workout and it is clear why. NFLDraftScout.com currently projects four Tennessee offensive linemen to be drafted in 2014 -- a feat no university has accomplished over the past 10 years. Our top-rated prospect from the program, junior left tackle Antonio Richardson enjoyed a good but not great workout, according to a scout who attended the event.
Comically nicknamed "Tiny," the 6-foot-6, 326 pound Richardson showed off his explosiveness in the leaping drills with a 31" vertical and 9'4" broad jump (numbers which would have ranked among the top five for offensive linemen at the Combine) but showed less-than-ideal fluidity during shuttle drills. His 8.10-second time in the 3-cone drill, for example, would have ranked 13th out of the 17 offensive tackles tested in this event in Indianapolis. The results match up with Richardson's game. He's surprisingly balanced in pass protection but in the running game he relies more on his size and power to simply drive defenders off the ball than adjust to moving targets at the second level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com