At 6'3, 244 pounds with game breaking run ability and a howitzer arm, Richardson's promise is exciting.
* = unofficial measurement
There simply aren’t many quarterback prospects in the mold of Anthony Richardson. His weight, hand size, forty yard dash, ten yard split, vertical and broad jumps are all in the 96th to 99th percentiles at the position.
At times, it feels like his size and athleticism gets in the way of other exciting aspects of his game. He was really sharp in the 10-19 yard range of the field, completing 53 of his 87 passes with a yards per attempt sitting at 10.3.
On throws of 20+ yards, he carried a 93.1 passing grade from PFF. On these attempts he was 26 for 64 with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions. He has a bazooka for an arm that has no limitations.
Where Richardson needs to grow as a passer is in the short game. His delivery in this range lacks the same consistency and he needs to dial in on setting his base to avoid sailing passes.
At times, he can get caught staring too long at one target waiting for the route to develop. Keep in mind he’ll be 20 years old on draft night and threw 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions in his final six games. He simply needs time.
His ability as a runner is what gives him a higher floor than your typical ‘raw’ quarterback prospect. With his frame and straight line speed, he ran for over 700 yards with nine touchdowns. There are a few occasions where he’s actually too patient as a passer. If needed in a dire situation, his running can take over a game.
Richardson’s game needs to marinate, but the pay off could be monumental. I’m a believer in his tools developing into a big play starter if given the right time and coaching.