Anthony Richardson – NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch

Anthony Richardson - NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch
Anthony Richardson – NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch

This class is filled with talent and will bring great value to your dynasty squad for the foreseeable future. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks) and I (@FFBourbonDude) will discuss the following Quarterbacks, and if you’re interested in listening in to our initial pre-combine breakdowns, follow the links below.

Our pre-draft consensus rankings are as follows:

  1. Bryce Young
  2. CJ Stroud
  3. Will Levis
  4. Hendon Hooker
  5. Anthony Richardson
  6. Tanner McKee
  7. Jaren Hall

This write-up is all about our consensus number-five quarterback in the 2023 rookie class. Florida Quarterback Anthony Richardson has the fantasy rushing upside that everyone is hoping for. Is he the real deal? Why don’t we get into it and find out?

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Anthony Richardson – NFL Rookie Draft and Dynasty Watch

Background

Anthony Richardson is what fantasy managers fight over. The upside that a rushing quarterback gives in most scoring formats provides an edge over the rest of the league.

Just think Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson, and Kyler Murray and the advantage they have provided in the past. Richardson, even in his breakout season, had modest numbers and put a lot of things to love and to hate on tape. So let us start with his career in college.

Height – 6’4″

Weight – 232 pounds

College Career

A 4-star recruit who committed to Florida in 2019, Richardson was the 9th-ranked dual-threat quarterback prospect. Richardson got the opportunity to play significant snaps in 2 games during the 2021 season.

In those games, Richardson had a 56.4% completion percentage, 249 yards, three passing touchdowns, and four interceptions. He did add 19 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown as well.

Emory Jones transferred to Arizona State for the 2022 season, leaving Richardson the reigns. Richardson went on to have a polarizing season where he showed us both his upside and his downside.

 

Cmp/Att Yds TD/INT Rush Att Yds Rush TD
2020 1/2 27 1/1 7 61 0
2021 38/64 529 6/5 51 401 3
2022 176/327 2,549 17/9 103 654 9

 

Anthony Richardson NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch

QB Pros

Rushing Ability

Richardson produced over 1,000 rushing yards in his two seasons with significant playing time. He has shown us that he is the most explosive runner out of this year’s Quarterback class.

Arm Strength

Everyone is going to salivate over his arm. It is big, and he definitely has the arm strength to make any throw asked of him.

Elusive in the Pocket

Richardson is practically impossible to bring down in the pocket; he does navigate it well and can break tackles, as evidenced by his 39 forced missed tackles in 2022.

QB Cons

Holds onto the Ball

Just throw it already. He misses some throws because he is a little more focused on running than passing. He has a tendency to let the pressure get to him when he could avoid it.

Inaccurate

Richardson is not the most accurate thrower, whether in the pocket or on the move. He routinely misses throws. This has also contributed to some bad turnovers, as you can see, with four games with over 7% of his throws being turnover-worthy plays.

Anticipation

I do believe this could be developed over time. He is really green as a quarterback with very little experience as a starter at the college level. He will need to be coached to understand route concepts versus different coverage schemes.

 

 

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