Is Anthony Richardson a better passer than Cam Newton?
Former Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson turned heads at the NFL Combine last week in Indianapolis.
Some of his highlights include running the 40-yard dash in 4.43, reaching 40.5 in the vertical jump, and scoring a 99 on the athleticism test. After his week at the combine, most feel that he will be a top-10 pick. In the latest mock draft from College Sports Wire, Patrick Conn sees Richardson going No. 7 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Following the combine, Richardson spoke with CBS Sports HQ about the combine, and how well he would transition to the pro game. During his interview, Richardson says that he tries to model his game after former Heisman-winning quarterback and Auburn legend Cam Newton as well as Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
“I started calling myself Cam Jackson in 11th grade,” Richardson said.
Rick Spielman, the former General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings, then asked Richardson if he felt that he was a better passer than the former Auburn signal caller, to which Richardson said, “I believe so.”
Comparing Newton‘s and Richardson‘s final college season stats, Newton had the edge in yards by passing for 2,584 yards as opposed to Richardson’s 2,549. Newton was also more accurate by completing 66% of his passes while Richardson completed 54%.
It will be interesting to see if Richardson will indeed become a better passer than Newton over his pro career.
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