Photo: Osiris Torrence (54) and Anthony Richardson (15).Credit: Alex Shepard
NFL Network draft analyst and former pro scout Daniel Jeremiah revealed the likely first-round rankings of the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft on Tuesday, with two Florida players among the first top 50 players in the class.・I was able to find the Gators.
Neither should be surprising: Quarterback Anthony Richardsonwas widely seen as a first-round prospect, finishing in the top 15 while guarding. Osiris Torrence I found myself just outside the range of the first round.
13. Anthony Richardson
Richardson packs elite arm strength and athleticism into the big/physical frame of this position, but he’s incredibly raw on tape. , the ball pops out of the hand through the three-quarter arm slot. His arm strength is exceptional. He doesn’t even need to move his lower body to make power throws deep into the field. On the flip side, his decision-making and accuracy have been a rollercoaster ride. He sometimes pulls his arm, leading to some ugly misfires. He also pushes too many balls into congested areas. In summary, Richardson needs polishing, but his advantages are above anyone in the draft class. He is a low floor/high ceiling prospect.
Applying the modern mold to the quarterback position, Richardson’s strengths—created by his unusual arm strength and toprush speed of well over 20 miles per hour at 6’4,232—are consistent. and put him in the top 15 or so picks. of mock drafts that come across from trusted outlets.
Richardson had a 6-7 record as the team’s starter since making his first-team debut against Georgia in 2022, so his talent didn’t translate into great results in Florida. %) 2,631 yards, 17 touchdowns and he had 11 interceptions, 115 rushes for 680 yards and on the ground he scored 9.
But there is no denying that Richardson elevated an otherwise under-recruited and redeveloped Florida team in the role.
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His prowess as a passer led to two 400-plus yards and two-plus touchdown performances that year, and his explosiveness as a rusher was vital to the Gators’ wins against Utah and Texas A&M. Yes, and contributed to the comebacks against Tennessee and LSU. The decision maker with the ball has only allowed two interceptions in his last six games at UF.
NFL teams are Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen When Aaron RogersStyle of play when I saw Richardson’s tapes this offseason. Given Richardson’s sophisticated needs and Passer’s astonishing achievements, it’s hard to say that Richardson will achieve their level of success, but his strengths and skills are reminiscent of theirs. Now more than ever, professional teams covet the potential of a quarterback like Richardson.
37. Osiris Torrence
Torrence is a massive offensive guard [6-foot-5, 337 pounds at the Senior Bowl] Ideal instinct and playability. Pass protection allows you to bend your knees and play with balance. He has an anchor right away and provides enough space for the QB to climb into the pocket. He has powerful hands to latch and control. He’s very conscious of his twists and stunts. In run games, he can nose defenders to make moves, and has amazing speed to reach and cut off enemies.He reaches the second level quickly, but his I have a hard time turning around and adapting to the space. If he can drop 10 to 15 pounds, that should improve. Teams that want to run downhill and build solid interiors in their passing game will really appreciate Torrence.
As Jeremiah explains, there aren’t many negatives to Torrence’s film that puts him on the fringe of the first round, keeping in mind the value of the position. Teams would likely be candidates to select the one-year Gators right guard, especially if they lost weight during the draft process and the NFL Combine results reflected those efforts.
According to Pro Football Focus, Torrence was the best guard in FBS in 2022. This season marked the fourth time in a row for Torrence (his over 1,500 passes from his days in Louisiana and his protective snap combination from his time in Florida) that a quarterback would be sacked for his own conduct. I didn’t allow it.
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