Packers prospect: Barry Richardson

With Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher each entering their ninth season in 2008, the Green Bay Packers are expected to reinforce depth at the offensive tackle position. Scout.com's Ed Thompson caught up with Clemson's Barry Richardson, a top tackle prospect, at last week's Senior Bowl.

Ed Thompson: What's this whole experience been like for you?
Barry Richardson: It's been an experience where you prove yourself. It's one of those things where you have to come out here and you have to prove yourself to the people who don't think you belong at the top, among the elite offensive linemen.

Thompson: What is it that you want pro scouts to notice about you?
Richardson: I hope they know that I'm a good tackle and I belong on a team. Given an opportunity, I'll fight for a position.

Thompson: What are your main strengths that you think will appeal to an NFL club?
Richardson: I think my size and my good feet. Those two, given my size, you don't see to many people who move as quick as I do.


Clemson OT Barry Richardson
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Thompson: What's been the biggest challenge about trying to learn from these NFL coaches in such a short span of time?

Richardson: The speed of the game is probably the hardest thing to pick up. In college, from period to period it's a little slower, but it's a quick tempo here. Where one period starts, it began right where the previous one ended.

Thompson: Who are some of the guys you've lined up against that you've been impressed by during the week of practices?

Richardson: They're all good. I think they all have their perks to them. I can't pick out one, they all have the skills to be playing at the next level, or else they wouldn't be here.

Thompson: Is there anything you'd like to say to the Clemson fans?
Richardson: Thanks for all of the support and please continue to give me support. Pray for me and my family while I go through this process and play in the game to keep me from injury.

Ed Thompson's player interviews and NFL features are published across the Scout.com network and are syndicated through FOXSports.com. You can contact him by email at ethompson@scout.com.


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