Richardson originally committed to Virginia out of high school but switched to NC State, where he redshirted as a freshman while rehabbing a knee injury. He went on to start 30 games at right tackle from 2015-17, claiming second-team All-ACC honors in 2017. Richardson was suspended one game in 2015 after being arrested for DWI and two games in 2017 for a marijuana-related offense.
Built more like a guard, Richardson doesn't always look pretty, but he frequently got the job done, not giving up a sack in 400 pass-blocking snaps in 2017. His thick lower half makes him tough to move and he shows enough athleticism to take away the corner against most rushers. He also moves well - as shown in NC State's zone running game. Richardson excels at maintaining blocks and will finish with a nasty edge.
That said, Richardson is up and down in the run game, with a few too many negative plays. He also shows inconsistent technique, at times playing too high or with his hands too wide. He carries some bad weight and got as high as 360 in high school, and it's fair to wonder if he'll have the foot speed to hold up on the edge in the NFL, so some will view him as a guard. Perhaps most concerning is a history of questionable decision-making, leading to off-field incidents.
For teams that are comfortable with his character, Richardson could be a starter at right tackle down the line, with a move inside remaining a possibility.
--Field Level Media