ESPN isn’t shy with the Anthony Richardson love. Many draft experts have pegged him as a first-round talent, and he’s the natural response when asked “who is the best NFL prospect on the 2022 Florida Gators?”
It’s not too surprising to see Richardson’s name at the top of such a list put together by ESPN, but they did hedge their bets in case Florida’s first-year starting quarterback doesn’t live up to the expectations of both fans and coaches. Defensive tackle Gervon Dexter is No. 2 on the list and has been considered an NFL-caliber athlete for some time.
“When you think of potential and ceiling at the quarterback position, Richardson fits,” ESPN’s Matt Miller wrote. ” In limited action in 2021, he showed the arm strength, playmaking ability and poise to excite both the fan base and scouts. Now we have to see it over the course of a full season while he cuts down on interceptions; he had five on just 64 throws. There’s Round 1 potential, but Richardson has to play more first.
We can’t leave defensive tackle Gervon Dexter completely off our list. If Richardson fails to live up to expectations, Dexter is next in line as the Gators’ top prospect.”
Linebacker Brenton Cox Jr. and offensive lineman O'Cyrus Torrence might be the unofficial Nos. 3 and 4 on that list. Both are veterans of the college game and are at Florida this season to boost their draft stock. Linebacker Ventrell Miller could sneak into the conversation if he has a strong bounce-back season after tearing his biceps last year.
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