Antonio Richardson

NFL Draft: SEC wins round two by edging Big Ten and Pac-12

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The SEC led the way in round one of the 2014 NFL Draft with 11 players drafted by NFL teams. In the second round the SEC once again pumped out more NFL talent than just about every other conference, but the Big Ten left a significant mark as well. The SEC turned in seven draft picks, edging the Big Ten when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt with the final pick of the second round.

It took a while before we finally saw some running backs drafted (three of them, in fact) but the second round focused on wide receivers and linemen.

Here is the full round two breakdown, by conference.

SEC: 7

42. WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
44. OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama
51. DT Ego Ferguson, LSU
55. RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
60. DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
63. WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
64. OT Justin Britt, Missouri

Big Ten: 6

37. DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
56. WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
57. RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
58. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
59. OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
61. WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

Pac-12: 6

33. OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
38. TE Austin Seferia-Jenkins, Washington
39. WR Marqise Lee, USC
45. WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
47. DE Trent Murphy, Stanford
54. RB Bishop Sankey, Washington

Mountain West: 5

34. DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
35. OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada
36. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
44. C Weston Richburg, Colorado State
53. WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

ACC: 3

41. CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
48. DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
50. LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

 

Independent: 3

40. LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
46. DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
52. TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

Big 12: 1

49. TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

Non FBS: 1

62. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

Which positions were drafted in the second round?

Defensive Line: 7

Wide Receiver: 7

Offensive Line: 6

Tight End: 3

Running Back: 3

Cornerback: 2

Linebacker: 2

Quarterback: 2

Tennessee offensive tackle Richardson heading to NFL

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Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson is heading to the NFL Draft this spring, deciding to pas son returning for his senior season in Knoxville.

“After praying and talking it over with my family and coaches, I believe that now is the right time to make a statement about my future,” said Richardson in a statement released by Tennessee. “After careful consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.”

Richardson played in 36 games since arriving to play football for Tennessee. That includes starts in each of the past 24 games for the Vols, playing left tackle for an offensive line that provided protection for a rushing offense that has steadily improved each of the past three seasons, moving up from 12th in the SEC in rushing offense in 2011 to seventh this year. This season’s Tennessee team put up more rushing yards than any Vols offense since 2004.

played in 36 games, starting the final 24 over the last two seasons at left tackle. This past season, Richardson was part of an offensive line that aided the Vols gaining 2,261 rushing yards, the most by the team since 2004.

“We appreciate Antonio’s efforts and contributions to the University of Tennessee,” said head coach Butch Jones. “He will always be a Vol For Life and we wish him all the best as he looks to further his career in the National Football League.”

Redshirt Junior Jacob Gilliam has been listed behind Richardson on Tennessee’s depth chart, and the future of offensive tackle is starting to look secure. According to Vols Quest, Tennessee currently has four verbal commitments from offensive linemen in the Class of 2014, including four star offensive tackle Dontavious Blair. Tennessee also added four-star offensive tackle Austin Sanderson to the Class of 2013 among the three offensive linemen added in 2013.