Mel Kiper Has Antonio “Tiny” Richardson As First Round Pick


August 31, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers offensive linesman Antonio Richardson (74) celebrates in the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Georgia Dome. Tennessee beat NC State 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Former Vols offensive lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson, who declared for the NFL draft shortly after the season ended, is projected by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper as a first round pick.

Richardson was a bit more scrutinized this season after being lauded as a possible top ten pick after his sophomore season. Richardson’s play regressed this season, but it was still very clear that he’s a high caliber offensive lineman.

The Nashville native appeared in 36 games during his career at Tennessee, starting the final 24 games at left tackle. Richardson was named to the AP and Coaches All-SEC Second team after the 2013 season.

Richardson came to Tennessee as a four-star prospect and the top rated player in the state of Tennessee in 2011.

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