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Anthony Richardson was the standout performer among quarterbacks at the 2023 NFL Combine. Now, he will get a chance to put an exclamation mark on that during Florida’s pro day.
Richardson is one of three quarterbacks who are likely — if not, certain — to be selected in the first round. The other three — C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young and Will Levis — have already had their pro days, and each has fared well.
Now, Richardson will get a chance to put on a strong display that will show off his athletic ability. And if he can deliver the ball accurately, especially in the short to intermediate range, he could help his draft stock to rise even more.
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That said, an inaccurate pro day may leave scouts with a bad taste in their mouths as they move toward making their final decisions on big board rankings, both overall and by position. As such, this day will be of particular importance to Richardson as he looks to solidify himself as a top-10 pick.
Sporting News is tracking Richardson’s performance at his pro day Thursday. Below are the highlights from his showcase at the Florida pro day.
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Anthony Richardson pro day live updates, highlights
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10:01 a.m. — There is a Panthers contingent at Richardson’s pro day, as expected. Reports indicate that Carolina is choosing between C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young at No. 1 overall but perhaps Richardson can work his way into that competition with another strong throwing session.
#Panthers coaches Frank Reich, Jim Caldwell and Josh McCown, among others, have arrived for Anthony Richardson’s Pro Day.
Carolina owns pick No. 1. pic.twitter.com/YZAE3T3kT4
— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) March 30, 2023
9:55 a.m. — Richardson is going to face a lot of pro-player comparisons as he enters the NFL, both high-end and low-end ones. Sporting News broke down some of those potential comparisons and which ones make the most sense, from Cam Newton and Josh Allen to Christian Hackenberg. Check it out here.
9:06 a.m. — Richardson is only going to be throwing as part of his pro day. This is hardly a surprise given the strong numbers he put up at his NFL Combine workout.
As expected, Florida Gators QB Anthony Richardson will not participate in drills today and will just throw.
— Brandon Olsen (@WNS_Brandon) March 30, 2023
8:39 a.m. — Need a reason to get excited about the Anthony Richardson pro day? Well, Kent Lee Platte — the creator of the Relative Athletic Score (RAS) metric — revealed Thursday that Richardson had posted a RAS of 10.00. That makes him the most athletic quarterback since at least 1987, and likely of all time.
Anthony Richardson is a QB prospect in the 2023 draft class. He scored a 10.00 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 1 out of 890 QB from 1987 to 2023.
Just putting this out there early.https://t.co/g6dAq3ALm4 #RAS pic.twitter.com/hjB54xb3o2
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 30, 2023
8:14 a.m. — Richardson met with the Panthers on Wednesday night and had dinner with the Raiders, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Panthers have now met with each of the top four quarterbacks in the draft that they are considering with the No. 1 pick while the Raiders could target Richardson at No. 7 overall.
Florida QB Anthony Richardson met Wednesday night with the #Panthers — and also had dinner with the #Raiders, per sources. Carolina has the No. 1 pick, while Las Vegas is No. 7.
Full coverage of Richardson’s pro day live from Gainesville today on NFL+ pic.twitter.com/C5xyTVAcpS
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 30, 2023
The Raiders have been tied to Richardson before, and they are an intriguing landing spot for him. He could spend at least one season developing behind Jimmy Garoppolo, much like Trey Lance did after being the No. 3 overall selection in 2021.
How to watch Florida’s pro day in 2023
- Date: Thursday, March 30
- Time: 10 a.m. ET (11 a.m. CT)
- TV channel: SEC Network
- Live stream: Fubo (free trial)
SEC Network will televise Florida’s pro day on Thursday, March 30. The broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. ET, though it isn’t clear exactly when Richardson will be throwing.
Those who want to live stream Florida’s pro day but don’t have cable will be able to use Fubo to watch it. Fubo carries the SEC Network, a member of the ESPN family, as well as ABC, CBS, Fox and other major networks, meaning you can catch football action leading up to, and including, the 2023 NFL season. Fubo also offers a free trial.
Will Anthony Richardson throw at Florida’s pro day?
Yes, Richardson will throw at Florida’s pro day. The Gators quarterback worked out and threw at the 2023 NFL Combine, but he is expected to make a case for himself at his pro day as well.
Richardson showed off one of the strongest arms at the 2023 NFL Combine, logging a throw of 60 mph in the ball speed drill. Only Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw one faster than him at 62 mph.
Richardson also showed off great athleticism with his 4.43-second 40-yard dash and record-setting jumping marks. So, if the 6-4, 244-pound quarterback can string together another quality throwing session, he should continue to help his stock rise ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Anthony Richardson NFL Draft projection
Richardson’s stock has steadily risen since the end of the college football season, as teams have fallen in love with his combination of size, speed and arm strength. He will remind some of quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen, so that will allow him to be an early pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Currently, the consensus is that Richardson has a good chance to be a top-four pick. He is behind C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young in the quarterback pecking order, but his combination of mobility and arm strength should be a good fit in Shane Steichen’s new-look offense with the Colts.
That’s not to say that Richardson is a top-four lock, but it would be a surprise to see him slip out of the top 10 at this time. Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Richardson landing with the Colts, as do ESPN’s Todd McShay and NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has Richardson going fifth overall to the Seahawks with the Colts trading up to No. 3 to get Will Levis.