Anthony Richardson entered the NFL Scouting Combine with a bit of unknown surrounding his draft status, a quarterback prospect with plenty of athleticism but uncertainty about where a team would select him.
His 40.5-inch vertical jump on Sunday (AEDT) — which set the record for quarterbacks in the combine since at least 2003, per NFL Research — could certainly help with that.
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He also set the all-time record for quarterback with a 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump.
According to The Athletic, the previous record for a quarterback in the vertical jump was set by Josh Portis (40.0 inches), who finished his career at the California University of Pennsylvania, in 2011, and the overall record is 45.0 inches.
Richardson’s measurements in Indianapolis were 6-foot-4 and 244 pounds.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds Saturday afternoon, too.
When Richardson stepped into the vertical jump area, he pumped his arms twice before elevating the third time.
He stretched his right arm out to mark his spot, and then turned around after landing to see which spot he reached.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport was left stunned by Richardson’s athletic feats at the Combine.
“The guy is a monster, he’s a freak,” Rapoport said on the NFL combine coverage.
“Talking to the people I’ve spoken to in Indy – the evaluators, the quarterback coaches, the general managers – they are intrigued by Anthony Richardson.
“I think the consensus coming was we’d probably have three quarterbacks in the top five and maybe Anthony Richardson would go somewhere later in the first round. I’m not so sure about that (now). It’s starting to feel to me, based on the teams he’s met with – and he’s met with a lot of quarterback-needy teams in the top 10 – it’s certainly possible he could be pushed up (the order), as we see quarterbacks do from time to time.
“So maybe instead of the late first round, maybe it’s earlier than we thought, especially when you think about teams like the Raiders, Seahawks, Colts, Panthers – all of those quarterback-needy teams in the top 10 have spent time with Anthony Richardson this week.”
It’s a pivotal combine for Richardson, whose rise and fall on draft boards leading up to the first round April 27 could be attributed to a blend of his athleticism and limited sample size on the field.
He only played in 24 games for Florida, with half of those occurring in the 2022 campaign under first-year Gators head coach Bill Napier.
He flashed his potential with 106 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Florida’s season-opening upset of Utah.
But he didn’t throw a touchdown until the fourth game of the season.
Richardson finished with 17, along with nine interceptions, across the year.
His completion percentage dipped to 54 per cent and he didn’t participate in the Gators’ SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl.
“I don’t even know what that means, ‘project label,’” Richardson told reporters in his interview at the combine.
“But I’m willing to bring anything and everything that they need from me. I’m going to work hard. I’m going to be dedicated to my craft. And I’m just going to be a leader in that organisation. So just grow, and continue to grow.”
This story originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reposted with permission