Anthony Richardson In First Round Seems Way Overhyped

January 23rd, 2023


Before the start of the college football season, Joe was buying the hype on Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Everything about AR15 suggested he was Cam Newton II. And in an upset over Utah to begin the season, nothing suggested AR15 would be anything less than a stud.

Then came the rest of the 2022 season.]

AR15 appeared way overhyped and badly in need of another year of seasoning in college ball (and since college players are getting paid, what’s the rush?). Instead, AR15 decided to jump into the draft.

Matt Miller of BSPN thinks AR15 would be a sharp selection for the Bucs — at No. 19!

If [Tom] Brady leaves, Florida’s Anthony Richardson could make sense schematically as a fit here in Round 1.

This is where Joe slams on the brakes. AR15 might be a helluva project, but don’t the Bucs already have an in-house quarterback project?

Besides, when is the last time a quarterback with subpar stats who had a losing record in his only year as a full-time starter did squat in the NFL?

(Stop, Pat Mahomes was a full-time starter at Texas Tech for two seasons and had one winning season. Mahomes put up far better numbers than AR15.)

Besides, AR15 threw for only 53 percent completion percentage last year. That’s poor.

Rather than burn a No. 19 pick  on a guy full of red flags, Joe would rather just start Kyle Trask, tank and hopefully #CollaspeForCaleb (though Joe would happily settle for Drake Maye).

That is, unless Tom Brady returns.

76 Responses to “Anthony Richardson In First Round Seems Way Overhyped”

  1. YucsBall Says:

    Plz God no. I work and live in Gainesville, Richardson is just another JaMarcus Russell! RUN.

  2. BucG Says:

    His tape is AWFUL. The last thing we need is another Gator QB to ride the pine and underwhelm.

  3. Doc Says:

    What do you have now?

  4. Joshua porter Says:

    AR15 reminds me of Lamar Jackson with a better arm. Put Godwin and Evans around him and u might have something special. Then again this is the bucs and when have they EVER showed anyone they can develop a Qb……

  5. Beej Says:

    I would be good with a combination of Gabbert and Trask. They are already under low contract, and clearly the kind of offense Todd wants to have doesn’t require a good quarterback anyway

  6. Steven007 Says:

    Richardson won’t be a first round pick unless he lights it up at the combine and All Star games. And not even sure he can play in an all-star game. Senior bowl is out. Probably going to devote himself to one of the training academies getting ready for the draft. Hard pass.

  7. zzbuc Says:

    Do NOT spend a first round on a QB, if it’s a rebuild year wait till next year and pick a better one…..Build on the trenches…..

  8. Knucknbuc Says:

    Time to move on from Tom Brady joe. It’s time to pay the piper this team ain’t winning the superbowl if he comes back anyway. There’s to many pieces they need I’ll tell you what they do if Brady comes back they’ll pick up a bunch of old vet(see Julio j and Logan Ryan) they’ll get injured we’ll struggle and put off another year. We’ll lose young talent next year (see dean this year) all because we wanted to hold on a year to long to a 45 year old qb. Antoine Winfield and tristian Wirfs coming up soon devin white(who I’m neither here nor there about) do you want to lose them to hopefully make a wild card next year with a 45 year old qb and still not be able to draft a qb? Not great. A

    As far as ar-15 goes he’s a athletic freak. But I’m not a huge fan. But I’d definitely take him if they feel they can unlock his potential. Of course I’d draft a qb every year until I found the guy. Same way I’d draft a corner dl and ol but that’s just me.

  9. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Nope. 5th round at best. The offense was floridas downfall

  10. Joshua porter Says:

    God no for Gabbert if nothing else put Trask out there and if it don’t work then we drat C. Williams in 24. Trask wasn’t bad at FL. I see him as a poor man’s Brad Johnson. Gabbert has had his time . It should show Tampa nobody wanted Gabbert last year as a backup. I would rather draft Richardson in rd 2 but he won’t last till 19 on day 2

  11. Goatfarmer Says:

    The Gators do not produce NFL QBs. Period. When Rex Grossman is the best you’ve produced, um, yeah. Trashk is better and his name says it all about him.

    I was fooled for a second by Richardson, he has the physical talents for sure, and he is smart. But he can’t see the field at all. At all.

    He is so not ready for the NFL, but he’s going for a big paycheck rather than preparing to play and win games. Can’t blain him I guess. Stay away.

  12. SB~LV Says:

    He’ll be gone long before the Bucs pick … long before!

  13. Joshua porter Says:

    Hey Joe’s how long till u think they hire a new oc. I would think fairly soon before they start getting snached up.

  14. Thadeus Says:

    There’s one way for sure to keep The GOAT. Finish firing coaches. If Bowels is still there he won’t stay. Management has got to realize their WOKE ” progressive ” experiment failed. Sean Payton is available.

  15. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Whatever GM drafts this dude in round 1 needs to be fired immediately, as a Gator fan this dude cannot complete a pass to a wide open receiver, which is one of the characteristics a qb probably needs. He is a bigger more athletic Josh Freeman with heart and but that is about it

  16. Buc'n Enough Says:

    This would be a dumb pick.

    Lichts past two drafts have produced NOTHING at the premium picks of round one and two and maybe even round three. Those massive fails are one reason the Bucs are in so much trouble with depth.

    They need to fire Licht if Brady leaves and start new. He wasted more premium draft picks on reaches and experiments than I care to remember. In fact, if Brady and Arians did not come along to save his ass, he would be fired by now.

  17. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Good God, please stay the hell away from him, Jason. Ive been a Gators fan for 16 years now. Absolutely terrible. I agree with Dusthty, he is so over hyped. Honestly I think he may be this upcoming drafts Malik Willis. Great athlete, and every draft know it all will be like “Oh yeah this qb needy team will pick him and he’ll be a slam dunk” then he’ll fall and they’ll scramble around like Malik making excuses for him. He should have stayed in college.

  18. lukewall Says:

    #CollaspeForCaleb first and foremost

    Well said Joe. I am actually not upset anymore.

    1. I know Bowles will be fired midseason (count on IT!)

    2. This will all but guarantee our QB of the future, to also go along with a competent head coach and staff who can coach his way out of a paper bag. Bowles has proven this already here and with the Jets.

    3. The bar is now set so low that we cannot possibly fall any further.

  19. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe’s how long till u think they hire a new oc.

    Once all the head coaches have been hired, then you will see OCs being hired. Probably mid-February.

  20. Bradinator Says:

    I would pass here too. Too inconsistent. I was also surprised to see him in a number of mocks in the first round. I don’t get it either.

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brock Purdy was one pick away from being an UDFA……it seems to me that drafting QBs can be a real crappsshoot…….

    Let’s wait to a later round for a QB….and draft a mobile QB to compete with Trask for the starting position.

    We had the best QB in history take all snaps for us last year and got a losing record and playoff blowout to show for it…..

    Couldn’t do a lot worse with Trask.

  22. BrianBucs Says:

    There will be a lot more QB talent in the 2024 draft than in the 2023 draft.
    See what you have in Trask this year and if he doesn’t work out then get your future QB in 2024.
    Bowles will more than likely be gone by then so let your new coach draft his guy.

  23. rriddler Says:

    How can he possibly make sense schematically for the Buccaneers when we don’t have an OC or a playbook?

  24. rrsrq Says:

    I’m thinking 49ers are wondering what to do with Trey Lance, he is still on a rookie contract, let him and Trask compete (as much as I want Trask to succeed, an immobile non athletic QB is not the answer in the NFL)

  25. SufferingSince76 Says:

    We already have a Gator QB.

  26. ATLBuc Says:

    Get Richardson!! He can make everything throw. He just needs to be developed into being consistent

  27. Your Mom Says:

    One of the red flags on Josh Freeman was his completion percentage in college under 60%… so, hard pass thanks.

  28. Rob Says:

    Anthony Richardson has asked that we stop calling him AR15.

  29. iamrhenry Says:

    Build the trenches first. An average QB behind a solid line will play above average. An above average QB facing a ferocious pass rush “see Brady” will play below average.

  30. Duane Says:

    If you are going to spend first round picks on a QB, package them and go get a good one from another team. If no Brady, then why not Lamar? Bowles is not going to survive long enough to earn a high pick AND develop a franchise QB. Jackson may be the only type of player that can succeed under a Bozo regime. He will improve the run game, can carry poor talent, will have the best receivers in his career, and Moore and BA can help him air it out more often. The next five years at qb is a toss up anyways, so invest in a known commodity.

  31. DBS Says:

    The only thing Lamar Jackson can do is get hurt. Carried off the field. Not play the rest of the season.

  32. OrlandoBucFan Says:

    I once read an article where the author wrote that college quarterbacks who complete less than 60% of their passes in college fail far more often than succeed in the NFL. The author provided a bunch of examples. Richardson would be a huge risk early in the draft. He seems to be more of a thrower than a passer. I would like to see what Trask (or Gabbert) can do; however, if a promising quarterback is available at a point in the draft where the risk is worth the pick, I’d say go for it. Otherwise, I think the Bucs should run with the quarterbacks they have now and strengthen other areas of need, such as the defensive and offensive lines.

  33. Wut The Buc Says:

    Anyone wanting bucs to waste a 1st rd on AR15 should be banned from this site.

  34. KC Buc Says:

    Oh haillllll naw! I’m not calling him “AR15” either, more like “can’t throw for 15 yards”….dude makes -100% sense schematically too – Matt Miller needs to get his head checked or maybe he just goofed and switched the Bucs and Ravens.

    We are better off seeing what we got with Gabbert, Trask, and/or the surplus of options in the FA and trade market. Assuming Brady is out, which after some of those ducks he threw against Dallas might not be a bad thing. Draft BPA and if we are garbage next year, sell some vets for assets and start the rebuild with new everything.

  35. Craig Says:

    Reminds me too much of Jameis. He has streaks that look great but he can’t sustain a drive and gets desperate on third down.

    I would much rather see a consistent QB who can sustain drives and eat clock. One who can take advantage of what the defense gives him.

    I think Trask can develop into something close to that , if properly coached.

  36. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Would rather see Stetson Bennet in Round 5 at QB. Bennet is sneaky fast and runs a 4.6 40 and smart as a whip.

  37. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    I agree with Wut The Buc.

  38. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Totally! Fans have been clamoring for a mobile QB. His mobility will obviously get us a SB because the lack of mobility from the QB is what was holding this team back this year, according to fans. Richardson would make us SB favorites

  39. Jack Clark Says:

    Drafting QB’s in the first round is overrated. What’s more important is the OC calling and designing the plays for our QB to run. We should pick whichever players are the most talented and build our team around them. If Kyle Shannahan can make Brock Purdy look good then we don’t need to waste another draft pick on a QB. The NFL is a copy cat league so it shouldn’t be that hard to copy what Kyle Shannahan and Andy Reid are doing. Horizontal offenses that use motion and misdirection–sprinkled in with a little bit of razzel dazzle–are what our coaches should be emulating to light up the scoreboards again and return us to glory.

  40. KC Buc Says:

    I mean Kellen Moore sure tried to spread ’em out horizontally last night maybe he’s what we need…lol

  41. JN Says:

    AR= Mailik Willis. Both will need a few seasons to develop. No coach/staff has that amount of time or patience. No doubt he is great physical ability. NO WHERE NEAR READY.

  42. Couch Fan Says:

    AR is very over hyped. He looked awful this year IMO. I seen someone mocking him at the #7 pick. I was stunned. Very mobile but is terrible as a passer.

  43. beano Says:

    JOE SAYS: “Then came the rest of the 2022 season.”

    You forgot the 2021 season, he sucked then too.

    It pains me to say it as a Gator, but AR15 is just another overhyped gun-armed Florida quarterback, from Doug Johnson to Feleipe Franks to Emory Jones to Anthony Richardson. All physically athletic, all with bazookas for arms, all lacking the cerebral component to quarterbacking.

    That said, AR15 would be a fine selection for the Falcons, who can then run an All-Gators two-tight-end-set with Feleipe Franks and AR15.

  44. kaput Says:

    Lamar Jackson won a Heisman, Richardson ain’t close to that!

    He’s awful.

    “Let’s take a guy that struggled in college and see how that works out.” Yeah, not a good plan.

  45. Old Sombrero Says:

    No way. Dude isn’t an effective passer.

  46. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Thinking about the bucs drafting a QB makes me want to puke.

  47. Buc4evr Says:

    I watched Richardson play all season, the guy is not NFL material. Kind of like Jameis in that he has some really good plays and then a massive screwup. I hate to say it but even Trask is a lot better.

  48. beano Says:

    “rrsrq Says: an immobile non athletic QB is not the answer in the NFL”

    You “athletic” lovers keep saying that but have a problem: virtually all Super Bowl winners since 2000 are pocket passers, not running backs.

  49. SB~LV Says:

    AR has already tipped his bad decision making hand by thinking that he is NFL ready.
    He should have stayed in college
    10 cent brain on display

  50. sasquatch Says:

    Stop the tank talk. That’s effed up.

  51. Joe Says:

    You “athletic” lovers keep saying that but have a problem: virtually all Super Bowl winners since 2000 are pocket passers, not running backs.

    Including the past two quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl.

    At the end of the day, if you can’t throw the ball, you won’t win a Super Bowl.

  52. Joe Says:

    Thinking about the bucs drafting a QB makes me want to puke.

    Winning a Super Bowl makes you want to throw up?

  53. RustyRhinos Says:

    Are we debating about draft advice from Matt Millen the former Lions GM? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    I am all for Stetson Bennet in whatever Round we can get him for after Round 3. Bring in an OC with play-scheming tendencies to create plays that work from many different formations, be the play a Running play or a Passing play. Playing the old-school style of football worked for a season or two but the NFL has moved past that style of football being successful long term.

    Just say NO to Richardson!!

  54. One trick pony Says:

    Monken and Stetson

  55. Tye Says:

    Why does The Bucs have an attraction for crappy QBS?

    One of, IF NOT the main reason, for the plethora of losing seasons!
    Crappy Qb after crappy qb… Thank God they managed some how to have Brady for a few years!

  56. catcard202 Says:

    Richardson only makes sense for the Bucs, if Bowles hires Greg Roman as his OC….Otherwise, makes no sense at all.

    AR is a 2-3yr project….Elite physical traits are one thing, but immaturity and lack of game reps = not a Day1 starter in the league. Whoever takes him, better have real FO & HC/OC stability, because if they rush him into a line-up…They going to be out the door before he figures out how to play QB in the league.

    Which is why I’m a bit befuddled as to why the Ravens allowed Greg Roman to leave their facility…They should have kept Roman, tagged Lamar & then dealt up to get AR in the 1st…Give AR a yr in the system behind Lamar, with plan to coach him up in 2023 & then slide him into the line-up in 2024.

  57. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    I definitely think the Bucs should draft a QB or two this year. Maybe one high and one low. It’s by far the most important position, and as Purdy and countless first round busts prove, scouts do not know what they are talking about with that position. So every pick is a lottery ticket, and you need to collect a lot of them.

  58. beano Says:

    Buc4evr Says: “I hate to say it but even Trask is a lot better.”

    Trask has lit it up every opportunity he’s been given. He hasn’t been given an opportunity in Tampa because he’s been relegated to playing with scrubs only, both in preseason and in the last regular season game when he was given a whole 2 series (and still got the only 1st down of the entire second half, lol, Gabbert couldn’t).

  59. beano Says:

    Nicholas Carlson Says: “as Purdy and countless first round busts prove, scouts do not know what they are talking about with that position.”

    But … but … lots of Trask haters here have assured us Trask can’t be any good because he’s a second round pick!

  60. Allbuccedup Says:

    The media did that last year with Malik Willis, one sports analyst had him going in the top five. But he ended up going in the third round. I don’t believe AR 15 should go to the third or fourth round at best. I would not draft a QB this year we have to many holes to fill. Sign a veteran with some mobility thats not one dimensional.

  61. SlyPirate Says:


    1. Cut bad contracts. Let FA Vets walk
    2. Resign the secondary
    3. Reload the OL
    4. Tank the season and draft Caleb Williams #1

    Back in business for the next 10 years

  62. Allbuccedup Says:

    Joe Burrow is a pocket passer but still ran for over 200 yards this year including sacks. That should be the prototype.

  63. beano Says:


    That means he is maybe 6’0″. Too small for the NFL. Will get crushed by 250lb linebackers. Another “athletic” quarterback overhyped to push the woke narrative.

  64. Beej Says:

    The last GOOD QB we developed internally was Doug Williams, who left the Bucs before many here were born

  65. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Licht cannot make a second round pick- trade it for 2. X 3rd round picks
    2022- Hall
    2021- Trask
    2018- MJ Stewart AND ronald Jones
    2017- Justin Evans
    2016- Noah Spence AND Roberto Aguayo…. And everyone in that draft
    2014- ASS Jenkins…

  66. Pewter Power Says:

    Left tackle all the way especially since I think Licht will be fun why after the Winston pick. Drafting an average quarterback in the first round twice would surely spell doom for him

  67. Ugotrobbed Says:


  68. Buc1987 Says:

    We don’t even know who the QB coach is going to be…..

  69. Buc'n Enough Says:


    I agree, and his first round selections are not that good either.

    OJ Howard
    Joe Tryon Shoyinka

    That is a TON of draft capital that guy has blown on 1st and second round misses.

    He is the WORST GM in the NFL, he got lucky with Brady and Arians. He rode their coat tails.

  70. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    lukewall Says:
    January 23rd, 2023 at 9:06 am
    #CollaspeForCaleb first and foremost

    Well said Joe. I am actually not upset anymore.

    1. I know Bowles will be fired midseason (count on IT!) ”

    Sorry to break it to you, buddy, but the Glazers never fire coaches while a season is in progress.

  71. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So far as QB…Carr seems like a perfect solution for the Buccaneers. Wait till he is cut, then be the first to call him.

    he’ll be 32 so will have about a decade left in him.

  72. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buc’n Enough, I disagree. I would say Jason Kicht is the best GM we’ve ever had.

    Keep in mind that he was a rookie GM when he first came here, so growing pains were the be expected.

    Then the Glazers forced him to hire multiple coaches. Heck, he didn’t even want Winston…the HC made that pick.

    In fact, the first time they let him actually pick the HC was Bruce Arians. He then landed Brady and the rest is history.

    But you leave out his successful picks.

  73. Daddylonglegs Says:

    Horrible mistake for this kid to make the jump to the NFL this year. Anyone that watched any of the Gators games this year knows he needed another year of college football.

  74. Rod Munch Says:

    A very simple rule of thumb for the Bucs…


    There, solved.

    Also they currently have a project QB from Florida they wasted a 2nd round pick on, when they could have used that pick on, lets say, another offensive lineman, or a LB or a corner or a WR, etc.

  75. Rod Munch Says:

    So, for what it’s worth, which isn’t much, here’s a scouting profile based on watching a few minutes of highlights…

    He appears to throw with a lot of velocity, that’s a really really important NFL trait.

    He also had a number of throws with good touch.

    He movement is good, but a lot of these highlights would be sacks in the NFL.

    He does have good straight line speed, would be a threat as a scrambler.

    His highlights are much more impressive than Trask – in that AR15 actually looks like he has an NFL skillset.

    I don’t know anything about his decision making, but I assume that is his downfall. But as far as RAW skills go, he certainly appears to have them, and his measurables are also good.

    Going back Trask, said it from the time we drafted him, his college highlights were garbage from an NFL perspective. All those soft, slow, rainbow passes in college don’t work in the NFL. Now in fairness to Trask, in the preseason he was throwing some balls with some velocity, the bare minimum, but he did show he can do it. However, as soon as the pocket broke down, he was just back to lofting passes, with the results you’d expect from that, even in the NFL preseason.

  76. Pete I Says:

    Any team wasting a pick on Richardson in the first 3 rounds is daft. He isn’t a good QB. There is only one reason Richardson is being promoted by the sports media.