Bills again go big on O-line, grab Baylor guard Cyril Richardson in Round 5
The Buffalo Bills are sticking with their theme along the offensive line -- going big.
The latest example of that came in the the fifth round of today's NFL Draft, with the selection of Baylor guard Cyril Richardson with the 153rd overall pick.
"He's a big, mauler-type guard," Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos said. "We just love his power and his strength. ... I was joking about, 'best guy on the board,' but this was another guy we all really liked the whole year. He fits what we're looking for in terms of size and strength."
Richardson, a fifth-year senior, won the Jim Parker Award as the nation's top offensive lineman, and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which goes to any interior linemen. He's a two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year, and unanimous All-American.
All of which begs the question ... why was he still on the board in the fifth round?
"I think what happened a little bit, the Senior Bowl, during the week, he may have not had the best practices and stuff like that," Monos said. "But when the game was on, he came right back and played like he's capable of. Maybe that turned some people away, but we're not afraid of him."
Baylor's offense led the nation in scoring (681 points, 52.3 points per game) and total offense (8,044 yards, 618.8 yards per game). Richardson was credited with 83 knockdowns and 12 blocks down field. Baylor gave up only 22 sacks in their up-tempo approach.
"He's experienced getting up and down on the ball," Monos said.
Richardson said he's excited to play under Bills coach Doug Marrone, a former offensive lineman.
"I'm glad to be a part of this. It's a great institution," he said. "I think it's a great fit."
Monos was asked whether Richardson would be able to compete for a starting role.
"Well yeah, we don't draft guys to be backups. We want guys to compete and challenge to start," he said. "I think that's how quickly he comes in and picks things up. That's hard for a lot of guys, but if he comes in and picks thing up, he has ability. Guys like him play in the NFL and start."
Just before the selection of Richardson was made, the Bills made a trade with Tampa Bay. Buffalo sent their original fifth-round selection, No. 149 overall, to Tampa Bay for a seventh-round pick (No. 221 overall) and the Buccaneers' 2015 fifth-round pick.