Draft Zone Spotlight: Randy Richards, OL, Missouri State University
Randy Richards might be the most impressive offensive lineman in Division 2, but is not getting the love he deserves. After crushing his competition at the JUCO level, Randy committed to play football for Missouri State. At Missouri State, Richards was a very promising player, earning tons of awards and accolades. He was by far one of the most impressive lineman this year. Randy stands at 6’4 and weighs 310 pounds, and could be a guy that lands into a camp this year.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
Out of high school not many schools recruited me; my only offer was from Florida Atlantic University.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
I never really had a favorite NFL team growing up; I didn’t really get into football until my freshman year in high school.
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
When I watch film, I usually focus on what scheme the opposing team is running and what are their tendencies as far as blitzing and stunts. Then I focus on the guy I will go against the most.
Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model?
I feel like I’m an outspoken leader, I like to get my teammates fired up and motivated to win a game.
If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase?
I don’t think I would change anything about my past; everything I’ve been through has made me the man I am today.
Do you have any hobbies, if so tell the world what it is?
I don’t really have any hobbies; I do like to cook though. I feel like I am pretty good chef.
Who was the toughest player you have ever played against?
I would have to say Dion Jordan and Sheldon Richardson. Both of those guys are really good athletes but I definitely held my own against future first round picks.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
Team Captain and 1st Team All-America
If it was your last meal, what would you eat?
Curry Goat and white rice with steam vegetables.
Before the game, what song might I hear on your iPod?
Phil Collins, In the Air tonight.
Do you have any pre game rituals?
If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be?
I would say being able to stop bull rushes but I think putting on more weight and getting stronger will solve that problem.
Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting?
During the season I met with a lot of teams that came to practice or games. All of the teams I have spoken to have all had good things to say about my game and they all say I have great feet and athleticism.
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
I like to think I play like Maurkice Pouncey.
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
My grandmother died right before my junior season which hurt me pretty bad but I definitely played my last two years for her so I know she’s looking down on me with a smile on her face.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
I will take care of my mother first anything she needs I’ll take of care her since she sacrificed a lot to help me through life.
If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
I would definitely like to meet President Obama I feel like it would be an honor to meet the first black President and he just seems like a really laid back person to hang out with.