Anthony Richardson breaks multiple NFL QB records, passing Cam Newton’s set
Highly-rated NFL prospect Anthony Richardson set new high and long jump records for a quarterback at this year’s scouting combine — just over a month before he learns his fate on draft night.
A 21-year-old who played varsity for three years Floridaexcelled at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, recording a long jump of 10 feet 9 inches and a high jump of 40.5 inches.
Both are considered new records for defensemen since at least 2003. Richardson also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, the fourth-best time by a quarterback since 2003.
The previous record for a quarterback in the vertical jump was set by Josh Portis (40.0 inches), who finished his career at California University named after Pennsylvaniain 2011, and the overall record is 45.0 inches.
The 6-foot-4, 244-pound Richardson eclipsed the standards of his idol, Cam Newton, who cleared 10 feet, 6 inches in the broad jump and 35 inches in the vertical at the 2011 combine.
Anthony Richardson sets new high and long jump records for QB at this year’s combine
The 21-year-old cleared a long jump of 10’9″ and a high jump of 40.5″
The 33-year-old’s results from 13 years ago are in the 97th and 86th percentiles, respectively, reports Mockdraftable.com.
But that didn’t matter to Richardson, who called himself “Cam Jackson” during his junior year in high school as a nod to Panthers great and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
“Growing up, Cam Newton was always there for me,” Richardson said. “But then when I got to high school, just seeing how dynamic Lamar was, I tried to implement both of those guys in my life. Just trying to make big plays.”
In three years with the Gators, Richardson made 13 career starts with 393 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also ran for 1,116 yards and 12 touchdowns, though many NFL front offices fear the Florida native’s lack of experience at the college level could work against him on draft night.
However, Richardson doesn’t appear concerned, shrugging off the “project tag” tag that has followed him since he declared for the draft in January.
“I don’t even know what that means, ‘project label,'” the 21-year-old said. “But I’m ready to bring whatever they need from me. I will work hard.”
“I will be devoted to my work. And I’m just going to be a leader in this organization. So just grow and keep growing.”
The ideal situation for Richardson is to be drafted by a team that already has a veteran quarterback he can learn from on the sidelines and in practice without necessarily starting too often.
That strategy has worked well over the past decade, with the Kansas City Chiefs starting with just Patrick Mahomes in his second NFL season, and the Packers giving Jordan Love plenty of time to learn from Aaron Rodgers.
Richardson surpassed Newton’s 2011 Combine benchmark. The Panthers had a great leap of 10 feet, six inches in the broad and 35 inches in the vertical
Richardson could land in Baltimore and learn from his other idol — Lamar Jackson — with the Ravens at No. 23 in this year’s draft.
Possible draft night destinations for Richardson include the Seattle Seahawks (picks No. 5 and No. 20), the Panthers (No. 9) and the Detroit Lions (No. 18). What’s more, the quarterback prospect could even learn from Jackson — his idol is in Baltimore, as the Ravens have the No. 23 draft pick.
Richardson also reportedly met with the New York Giants (No. 25).
“I can do everything on the field — run over people, jump over people, run past people, throw the ball well,” Richardson said. “Just putting everything together, I feel like it just helps me become a better quarterback.”
“I want to be a legend,” he added later.
“I want to be like Patrick Mahomes. I want to be like Tom Brady. I want to be one of the greats. I will be one of the greats because I am willing to work so hard and get to this point. And so I feel like in the next few years I’m going to be one of the greats.”