Former Vols attack Pro Day

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From his NFL Draft stock to his personal goals to his final season at Tennessee, Antonio Richardson expanded on several topics after the Vols' pro day Wednesday with blunt honesty.

The former Tennessee left tackle is adamant that he'll be selected in the first round in May's draft, and feels he proved why during drills inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.

"I didn't do anything but help myself today," Richardson told InsideTennessee. "I showed how athletic I was."

Richardson admittedly attacked the day like he had something to prove.

And he did.

The 6-foot-6, 326-pounder was slowed by a knee injury all last season. Richardson went as far as saying he played at "65 percent" healthy last fall, adding that had he been 100 percent for his junior season he would have been a first-team All-American.

Richardson, who said he's spoken with 18 NFL teams, feels his 31-inch vertical jump at the pro day should prove to scouts that he's fully healthy.

"I'm feeling good, I'm feeling healthy," Richardson said. "I'm explosive. I proved myself today."

Beyond lingering questions about his healthy, Richardson went through drills "angry" because of what he's on the Interne. He admits he's peaked at a few mock drats — most of which don't include him coming off the board in the first round.

"I know I'm better than them," Richardson said. "… I look at these other guys and watch their film. As far as the measurable, I showed that I'm back. I am a top-tier tackle and I fully believe the cream will rise to the top."

But the hoards of NFL scouts didn't flock to Knoxville just to watch Richardson.

It's possible the Vols see five former offensive linemen — Richardson, Ja'Wuan James, Alex Bullard, James Stone and Zach Fulton — selected in the draft.

Stone, who has been looked at to play both guard and center at the next level, was asked what it would mean have all five of his teammates taken.

"It would be really cool," Stone told IT. "It would mean a lot to me, but even more to the university. That would help us out so much. You know, just building that pipeline and becoming a place that produces linemen. That's why I think it would be cool."

Overall, James feels the group performed "great" as a whole.

"There were no nerves, man," James said. "This is the football stuff. This is what we do, this is what we enjoy."

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