Draft Zone Spotlight: Rico Richardson, WR, Jackson State University
Rico is probably one of the most impressive deep threats in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has a little bit of Mike Wallace mixed with Stevie Johnson. He is a good possession receiver, but has very good route running skills. Rico has great hands and is a very impressive and dedicated football player. I talked to his coaches who said that you will not find a player more dedicated to the game than Rico Richardson. His coach went on to say, “When it is 3rd down, you are looking for Rico, when it is 4th down you are looking for Rico, shoot whenever you need a play, you better look to Rico, because he will bail you out.” That is pretty great things coming from his coaching staff, which shows he can play, keep an eye on this great player from the SWAC.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
Coming out of high school I only had Jackson state, Alcorn, and Southern university recruiting me. I made my decision on Jackson State because it was close to home and I liked the environment and coaches on the team.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
My favorite team growing up was the Minnesota Vikings. I always was a fan and still is. The player I liked the most on the at the time was Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
When breaking down filmed the first thing I look at is the safeties. Next I look at the defensive back that is holding me to see if he is pressing, bailing, cocked inside or taking away the inside.
Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model?
I kind of see myself a quiet leader. I might not talk much but I make sure I do all of drills right so that younger receivers will do the same. But I can also be a outspoken leader.
If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase?
If I could take any day back it would be our championship game this past year. I feel that I could have played better and also my teammates
Who was the toughest player you have ever played against?
The toughest player I have played against I would have to say is Qua Cox that played football with me in college. He has the best technique that a cornerback could have.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
I wouldn’t say I have a best award. All of awards come from just hard work and dedication. But the SWAC offensive player of the year was pretty cool
If it was your last meal, what would you eat?
My last meal would be shrimp, crabs legs, and lobster
Before the game, what song might I hear on your ipod?
I probably would be listening to Rick Ross
Do you have any pre game rituals?
I really don’t have one
If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be?
My biggest weakest probably would be my size
Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting?
I have talked to some teams. The feedback is sounding pretty good. They are telling me I did very good at pro day now a lot of people know about me and I could possibly be a late round pick
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
I would say I play like Mike Wallace. He not the best route runner but he can stretch the field with his speed and make big plays
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
If I’m able to make it to the NFL and make the 53 man roster my first purchase will be a house for my mother
If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
Walter Payton, I would love to meet him because he was the best player to ever play his position and he also went to my college.