Boston College – Max Richardson, Linebacker, Redshirt Senior
In the 2020 NFL Draft, A.J. Dillon was the lone player selected from Boston College, but with a coaching change in place, that might become a trend for a bit. As the new coaching regime institutes its system, the pipeline to the draft could be slim over the next few years.
However, in the 2021 NFL Draft, Max Richardson is panning out to be the most likely to be selected out of Boston College. Coming off an All-ACC Second Team selection, Richardson is aiming for a strong senior campaign to propel him into the draft conversation.
During the 2019 season, Richardson led Boston College in tackles as the only player on the team to hit a triple-digit total, logging 108. Richardson also paced Boston College in tackles for loss with 14.5 as well as sacks with 3.5. He also registered two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
One thing that sets Richardson apart from other linebackers I’ve written about in different conferences is his ability in the passing game as a defender. Last season, he was able to break-up two passes, which is just more value for NFL scouts to focus on. A linebacker that can play on every down and have an impact on every play will also get attention come draft time and Richardson fits the mold.