Making the case for Richardson: Versatility always gives a boost to any offensive lineman's stock, and Richardson's proving that this offseason. As a sophomore, he started at left tackle for all 13 games of Baylor's historic 2011 season, but he's on the move this offseason, shifting over to guard for his junior season.
He started four games there and appeared in 12 during the 2010 season, but became a huge piece of one of the league's best offensive lines last season at tackle. Now, he's on the move again. Impressive stuff for the 6-foot-5, 335-pound Fort Worth, Texas native. Baylor has sent a string of offensive linemen to the NFL that's only getting longer. Jason Smith started it, but it's continued with Danny Watkins, J.D. Walton, Philip Blake and Robert T. Griffin.
Expect Richardson to join that group soon. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention last season, but he might state a case as the league's best offensive lineman by the time this season is done. Guarding the blind side for a Heisman winner is a bit more glamorous than playing guard for a relative unknown in new quarterback Nick Florence, but you're still going to get the same production out of the big man. Probably better.