I’m at the stage I want to be at, though,” Richardson said. There were some detours along the way, but in the end Richardson has lived up to expectations. “It’s been a long time coming. Richardson was considered the top prospect in the state of Missouri in ’09 before academic issues sent him to junior college. “It’s hard to find big defensive tackles like him at 295, 300 that can explode off the ball, that can get in the backfield, that can make plays behind the line of scrimmage.