Florida QB and potential top 10 pick Anthony Richardson had himself a stellar NFL combine and is doing nothing but helping his case. It’s not likely that he gets taken first overall, but if there was any wiggle room for that, he’s certainly making it interesting.
Not only were his measurables insane, but his throwing periods were stellar, too. Comparisons quickly started to jolt out from those who cover the NFL and the NFL Draft. I saw comparisons to Josh Allen, Justin Fields, and Cam Newton.
He’s an insane athlete, and this tweet sums it up nicely:
He set two QB records at the 2023 NFL Combine, jumping over 10 feet in the broad jump and also leaping 40.5 inches. Both are QB records and further prove the kind of athlete he is. Furthermore, he ran 4.43 in the 40 yard dash, which would be a stellar time for any position, let alone quarterback.
His 40 time was the 4th fastest ever at the position.
Anthony Richardson also has a cannon for an arm, which seems to be a must in the modern day NFL:
He measured in at 6’4″ 1/4 inches and 244 pounds. He’s got the size of an edge rusher, speed of a cornerback, bazooka of a right arm, and adds a 40 inch vertical and almost 11 foot broad jump to boot.
I think what we’re seeing is a historically athletic player at the QB position. Now, when the rubber meets the road, if Richardson can’t read a defense at the NFL level, then he won’t make it.
But he’s done nothing but help his draft stock, and I think he’s a lock for the top 10 at this point. The Carolina Panthers would be my favorite fit for Richardson, as I like Frank Reich’s history working with and developing QBs.
The Florida product is the most athletic player in this crop of QBs and is a player to watch out for come April.