Kevin Richardson, who electified East Bladen High School football fans for four years earlier this decade, saw his hopes for being drafted by an NFL team this past weekend dashed.
None of the teams showed interest through the league’s seven rounds on Saturday and Sunday. That means Richardson can be signed by any team as an undrafted free agent.
Richardson finished his college career at Appalachian State University in Boone this past season.
Though he had solid statistics during his senior season, the highlight was the Mountaineers’ upset of thenNo. 5 ranked Michigan on the Wolverines’ home field.
Richardson, who is listed at 5-7 and 188 pounds, rushed for 1,394 yards and 16 touchdowns on 258 carries this past season. He also caught 34 passes for 339 yards and five TDs.
He set the school record for yards rushing as a junior, gaining 1,676 yards.
SI.com’s analysis of Richardson prior to the draft stated that he was a three-year starter with various All-Southern Conference and All-America honors.
The analysis had this to say about Richardson:
“(Richardson is) a diminuative ball-carrier with a variety of skills,” SI.com said. “Quick-footed, sidesteps defenders and squirts through openings on the field. Instinctive, runs with excellent vision. Solid pass-catcher.”
On the negative side, SI.com stated that Richardson “is small and easily knocked from running form.”
Still, the analysis claimed that the East Bladen grad “offers potential as a situational back, plays bigger than his size and competes hard.
Richardson was timed in the 40 by NFL scouts at 4.55 seconds.