What Lance Zierlein says about UNC offensive lineman Asim Richards
North Carolina offensive lineman Asim Richards is getting praise from NFL insider Lance Zierlein months ahead of the 2023 NFL draft.
The 307-pound lineman has been a center stone for UNC’s offensive line, starting 38 of 39 games in the last three years. Last season, Richards spent most of his time at left tackle, with 1,049 snaps played at that position. He was great at pass blocking, allowing only three sacks in 14 games.
Richards has a 6.15 prospect grade with potential playing a significant role in his draft stock. As the NFL draft slowly approaches, Zierlein talked about Richards and what he brings to the pro level.
“Richards is thick-hipped with good lower-body power fueling above average drive-blocking potential.” Zierlein said. “He clears space when he’s centered into opponents, but he lacks the body control and hand consistency to do so on a regular basis. Pass protection concerns will be diminished with a move inside, but there will still be work needed when it comes to getting his feet in position to slow interior rushers. Richards’ drive blocking and potential position versatility give him a shot at a backup role with upside.”
Richards was the 17th-ranked offensive tackle in the combine, receiving a production score of 60. As it stands, Richards is projected to go in the sixth round, putting another Tar Heel in the NFL.
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