Biography: Three-year starter who finished with 63 tackles/1 interception/3 pass breakups as a senior after posting junior totals of 98 tackles and five pass defenses. Posted 84 tackles as a sophomore.
Positives: Strong run-defending safety best in the box. Works well with cornerbacks, displays a good head for the ball and shows a closing burst of speed. Solid open-field tackler who squares into opponents and wraps up. Effectively diagnoses plays, keeps the action in front of him and works hard until the whistle blows.
Negatives: Lacks top speed out to the flanks. Average ball skills.
Analysis: Richardson passes the eye test and plays well against the run. He possesses limited ball skills, but would be very effective for a defensive system that employs a traditional strong safety.
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