The Jacksonville Jaguars used their fourth-round selection in this year’s draft to select North Carolina State offensive tackle Will Richardson.
N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren, who has coached the Wolfpack for the past five seasons, joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to talk about Richardson.
“We recruited Will for a long time and have known him since he was a sophomore in high school,” Doeren said. “He is a kid that has really matured and grown and he played a lot of football here for us. He was one of the better offensive lineman in our conference.
“He is a long-arm guy that can play either tackle or guard and he has worked really hard to change his body. He was kind of a heavy-set softer body when he got here, but he put on a lot of good lean muscle mass. He is also very competitive. He will finish plays and compete on a high-level.”
Richardson was suspended from the N.C. State football program back in 2015 as a redshirt-freshman after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Richardson also served a two-game suspension to begin the 2017 season, for what he later admitted on Sirius XM NFL Radio was a marijuana-related incident.
“I think like a lot of guys sometimes your home situations are challenging,” Doeren said. “His dad was ill and he moved back-and-fourth between dad and mom. He has been around a lot of different things and at times didn’t make great choices off the field, but he learned a lot from it.
“I think to his credit he has found his path and he did well in school. He just had to mature and grow up and sometimes kids have to learn from their mistakes, Will has been able to do that.”
Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell addressed these off-the-field concerns after the Jaguars selected Richardson.
“We spent some time with him, we’ve done—spent a lot of time with him here and then obviously at the school there we have some good connections and felt like a lot of it was behind him and he made some bad mistakes and I think he’s owned up to them,” Caldwell said. “He was suspended for the first two games, as you guys know, and we feel that he has a lot to prove.”
As for what position, best suits Richardson moving forward in his NFL career.
“I think he is a right tackle that could play guard,” Doeren told 1010XL Radio. “He was our right tackle here throughout his career. He’s never played left tackle, I’m not saying he can’t, he’s just never done that. He definitely has the ability to play both inside and outside.”
Doeren says it was a blessing to be able to watch players he has coached for the past three-five years be able to see their NFL dreams come true.
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