On the clock: Pick No. 3: Tennessee Titans – Anthony Richardson, Quarterback, Florida
Mock Draft 1.0 – Jalen Carter, Defensive Tackle, Georgia (Arizona Cardinals)
Mock Draft 2.0 – Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama (Arizona Cardinals)
There are four teams that could potentially trade up with Arizona for a quarterback. They are the Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans. It doesn’t make sense for Tennessee to trade up one selection (and may not want a quarterback anyway) while Las Vegas and Atlanta seem content with their quarterback selections.
Anthony Richardson is the single most polarizing prospect as far as talent is concerned. Physically he has the highest ceiling of anybody in the draft with a rare combination of speed and strength, but from a football standpoint, there’s never such a highly touted quarterback prospect in the draft that has such problems throwing the football.
Richardson completed only 54 percent of his passes in 2022 for 2,549 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions while scrambling for 629 yards and nine touchdowns. The really concerning point of his game is his inability to hit routine passes in the short and intermediate game, either being horribly inaccurate or rifling it in with such power that receivers can’t hang on.
What teams however are falling in love with his that potential? He automatically will become the most physically impressive quarterback in the NFL with his cannon arm and lightning speed that saw him run a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. If he develops the technique and football IQ to meet those physical talents, he could be the best quarterback in this class.
It’s going to take a bit of time and patience and there’s no doubt Richardson is a boom-or-bust prospect, but there will be a team that falls in love with Richardson and trades up. I think it’ll be the Titans.