Cards Show 'Genuine Interest' In Huge Tackle

Arizona's offensive line took huge strides last season as coach Russ Grimm brought a no-nonsense approach to the unit. However, GM Rod Graves is intent on adding more talent to the mix. With the draft approaching, James Jones learns from one athletic offensive lineman's agent that the Cardinals are interested in his client and have met with him twice this offseason.

Clemson offensive tackle Barry Richardson has the size (6'6", 320 pounds) and versatility the Cardinals are looking for. He has the athleticism to play on an island at tackle and the girth to move the pile at guard.

The Cardinals have already met with Richardson twice this offseason and could be reuniting with him this weekend.

"Arizona talked to Barry at the Senior Bowl and the Combine and expressed some genuine interest in him," said Richardson's agent, Terence Patterson.

"There have not really been too many more calls or inquiries since the Combine and I think that is because Barry is pretty transparent. As far as what he is going to bring to the team that drafts him, they already know what he can do on the field and that he is of the highest character, as well."

Richardson is a stout man with amazing size and boasts an incredible wingspan. Even though he is a giant of a man, he manages to stay light on his feet, a true testament to his athleticism. He has great lateral mobility and can make blocks on the second level.

Richardson is better blocking for the pass than the run. He possesses good body control and once he gets his hands on a defensive lineman, he almost always wins the battle at the point of attack.

For all of his positive attributes, he still has some areas he must work on. He appears to lack a killer instinct and is not as aggressive as he could be. He will also need to spend some serious time in the weight room to improve on his strength. Additionally, he gets caught reaching from time to time.

Nonetheless, Patterson is confident his client will be appealing to the Cardinals on draft day.

"Barry's Pro Day went extraordinarily well, as he improved on almost all of his numbers from the Combine," Patterson said. "I am hoping he surprises a lot of people on where he is taken in the draft."

With the Cardinals making every attempt to assemble the best offensive line possible, it's no wonder they have taken an interest in Richardson. He has the ability to play either right tackle or right guard. With Levi Brown and Deuce Lutui already entrenched at those positions, he would fight for backup time with Elton Brown.

Richardson appears to possess the measurables and intangibles that GM Rod Graves is looking for. However it remains to be seen whether Graves feels Richardson warrants a pick in the first four rounds. If not, some other general manager surely will.


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