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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
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 53. *Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee, 6-6, 327, 5.16, 2...Meet "Tiny," who is anything but. Still, Richardson answers by that nickname even has he uses his huge, natural size and strength to dominate even the best defenders. But to continue to do so in the NFL he must work on technique, such as keeping his feet moving. In 2012 he handled South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (No. 1 on this list), but wasn't quite as impressive in the 2013 rematch when Clowney bull-rushed him a few times. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
12/11/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: OL - Antonio Richardson (Tie), Tennessee, 6-6, 327, Jr,...Nashville, Tenn. native Richardson, who was named to the AP All-SEC second team last season, has started the last 24 games at left tackle for the Vols. Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010. - Tennessee football
12/11/13 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee...Richardson played and started in each of the Vols 12 games this season at left tackle helping Tennessee to 2,261 rushing yards in 2013, the most by UT since 2004. Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010. Nashville, Tenn. native Richardson, who was named to the AP All-SEC second team last season, has started the last 24 games at left tackle for the Vols. - Tennessee football
12/06/13 - Richardson To Declare For NFL Draft...Offensive tackle Antonio Richardson will declare for the NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility at the University of Tennessee. "We appreciate Antonio's efforts and contributions to the University of Tennessee," said head coach Butch Jones. "He will always be a Vol For Life and we wish him all the best as he looks to further his career in the National Football League."
The Nashville native was an All-SEC second-team selection by the Associated Press in 2012. In 2013, he was an SEC preseason first-team honoree. He was also named to the watch lists for the Lombardi and Outland Trophies. "After praying and talking it over with my family and coaches, I believe that now is the right time to make a statement about my future," said Richardson. "I have truly loved every moment of being a Tennessee Volunteer and will always be a Vol For Life. As much as I have enjoyed my time at Tennessee, I have long dreamed of playing in the NFL and taking care of my family. After careful consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I am grateful to all of my Tennessee coaches and everyone in the football program who made my life easier, from trainers to tutors to our fans, who are the best in the country. I am ready for the next level and look forward to what I know will be an exciting challenge."
In his three years on Rocky Top, Richardson played in 36 games, starting the final 24 over the last two seasons at left tackle. This past season, Richardson was part of an offensive line that aided the Vols gaining 2,261 rushing yards, the most by the team since 2004. - Tennessee football