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February 21, 2014

Combine profile: Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson

Name: Antonio Richardson

Position: Offensive tackle

Height/weight: 6-6/336

School/Class: Tennessee/Junior

Projected round: 2nd

Career highlights: Started all 12 games at left tackle for the Vols, which had his best rushing season in a decade. He was on a very good offensive line that features four players at this year’s combine.

Did you know?: Richardson’s nickname is “Tiny,” because he’s not, obviously.

Quotes: “Mentally and physically I’m ready. This is what I’ve worked for my whole life. I have been doing everything I can. I didn’t train in Florida, I trained in Minnesota to isolate myself.

“I was there for three years and I had three different offensive line coaches and I adjusted well so I don’t think that will be an issue for me.”

“I want my trademark to be a hard worker, a guy who comes to work every day. I want to click up with an older guy, a veteran to learn how to become a better pro. The goal is to be All Pro, the goal is to be in the Hall of Fame some day, but you have to take baby steps to get there.”

Panthers’ level of interest: With big hands (10 ¼ inches) and long arms (35 inches), Richardson certainly has the look of a left tackle. He likely won’t work his way up the draft boards to be worthy of a first-round pick, and Carolina picks too late in the second round to grab him. Tape of his 2013 meeting against Jadeveon Clowney won’t help his chances, either.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 21, 2014 at 06:18 PM | Permalink

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