The Buffalo Bills continued to build their offensive line by selecting Baylor guard Cyril Richardson. Checking in at 6’5” and 329 pounds, Richardson fits the Bills’ prototype for massive offensive linemen.
Richardson has been a starter since his sophomore year and an all-Big 12 selection for the Bears in each of his final three seasons. Additionally, Richardson was named Big 12 offensive lineman of the year in 2012 and 2013. He was a unanimous All-American as a senior and one of the main reasons the Baylor offense was so prolific in 2013.
Richardson is a mauler who can generate significant movement as a run blocker. He initially wins with his heavy punch, then gets his arms extended and runs his feet to give his opponent no chance with his power and length. He sustains blocks well and creates plenty of space for his running backs.
Richardson does a great job of setting the depth of the pocket when pass blocking and allows very little penetration. That said, Richardson doesn’t have good lateral movement or agility, so he can be defeated with quick-twitch pass-rushers and well-executed stunts that require him to change directions. This also shows up when blocking in space at the second level, as he has a tendency to lunge and whiff on blocks.
Richardson has to play with more consistent pad level at the next level, since he won’t be able to dominate simply with his strength and size advantage over his opponents at the next level ,but he represents tremendous value in the fifth round.
Richardson should instantly provide competition at the left guard position, where Chris Williams in penciled in as the starter, and it would not come as a surprise to see him win that job. What did come as a suprise was Richardson being available at pick 153 overall.