Richardson is a proven winner at every level. In his three seasons at Clemson—he graduated in only three years—he helped the Tigers compile a 25-13 record.
"Once I get on the field I know how to turn loose and get after it," Richardson said. " I want to win. That's the most important thing to me. Some people say winning isn't everything, but to me that's the only thing there is."
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If Richardson is drafted by the Chargers, he will have some familiar faces in the locker room. He helped pass protect for Charlie Whitehurst in 2005, including a game in which Richardson held future No. 1 pick Mario Williams without a sack. Also on that Clemson team was Anthony Waters, who the Chargers picked up in the third round of the 2007 draft.
Richardson is eager to prove to the Chargers that he deserves to play alongside his former teammates.
"I just want to show them what I can do and show them that I deserve a spot on the roster," he said. "I want to show I have the talent to perform at the next level."
The opportunity is certainly there in San Diego. The depth chart is bare behind projected starters Marcus McNeill and Jeromey Clary, so A.J. Smith will almost certainly address the offensive tackle position during the draft.
In the last four drafts, Smith has selected seven offensive linemen on day two. If Richardson lasts that long, expect the 6'7" tackle to become number eight.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. He has followed the Chargers for more than 14 years and covered the team since 2003.