Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson throws a pass during an NFL football Pro Day, Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Anthony Richardson talks Gators Pro Day

Florida hosted this year’s Pro Day at their Indoor Practice Facility. Florida’s star quarterback from the 2022-2023 season, Anthony Richardson, said his main focus of the day is remembering who he is and where he came from.

Last February, Richardson had a stellar performance at the NFL Combine, running a 4.43 for the 40-yard dash. The 6-foot-4 and 247 pound QB had a 40.5 vertical and 129-inch broad jump.

On Thursday, Richardson showcased his elite throwing arm. He easily threw passes down the field over 60-plus yards and focused more on those deep passes than the short range ones.

Blessing for Richardson

Richardson considered the day a blessing, and he’s grateful for the opportunity. With lots of support from his family and teammates, he said they were able to showcase how great they are and how great they could be.

With the draft in sight, he isn’t surprised to be in his position. He always knew he would get there. What did surprise him was how quickly it happened. He said that God gave him the opportunity to do it early at a young age, and he wants that to be a message to others in the younger generation. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Pro Day Process

It’s a long day of throwing, running and talking for these athletes, and everyone approaches the day differently. Richardson said that he’s been enjoying the process, especially because not everyone gets the opportunity to talk to NFL teams.

The players are given an opportunity to talk to coaches and people from NFL teams. Richardson said that his main focus for these conversations is asking them what their expectations would be if they were to potentially draft him. He also mentioned that he asks them not only what they want from him as a player but as a person as well.

On the horizon, Richardson said he has a few visits and interviews ahead of the draft. The NFL Draft is set for April 27, less than a month away. Until then, he’s going to put in the work to make sure he feels comfortable with whatever team he ends up with.

Many NFL analysts compare Richardson to Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. He’s seen as a potential first-round prospect after great performances today and at the NFL Combine. The NFL Analysis of Richardson said that he’s an elite physical force but could improve on his accuracy for short range passes.

Not the best, yet

Richardson said he doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody. He works for himself and for his family.

When asked what he thinks he’s improved on the most, he said he’s improved the most not on the physical aspect of the game but the mental aspect. Learning plays, knowing coverage and where to place the ball. It’s important to have that mental advantage over the opposing team.

He’s not perfect and he has work to do, but Richardson said he’s not the greatest player. Yet.

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