BIO: Three-year starter academically ineligible to play as a freshman. Posted 39/0/5 last season after recording 49/4/13 as a sophomore. Led the SEC with a school record 20 pass deflections in 2001.
POSITIVES: Undersized yet athletic corner who makes a lot of plays on the ball. Quick footed backpedaling off the line, fluid turning to run and loses nothing in transition. Tracks the deep ball and gets vertical to high point the pass, batting the throw away. Reacts well in zone.
NEGATIVES: Falls asleep, blows assignments and relies on speed to make up for mistakes. Lacks top hands and does more hitting than wrap-up tackling.
ANALYSIS: A cover corner with solid natural skills, Richardson is best facing the quarterback in a scheme that does not require him to cover a lot of area. Must start to do more than rely on his innate abilities and put forth the effort to become a complete player.