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Charles Davis says he wasn’t surprised by Antonio Richardson’s NFL draft slide (video)


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Former Tennessee player and current television analyst Charles Davis was one of the first to raise concerns about the health of Vol lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson back in February.

But after Richardson was not drafted last month and signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, Davis said he took no pleasure in being right.

“I saw that coming early in the process,” Davis said during a visit to Knoxville for a benefit honoring the memory of former Vol Harry Galbreath. “We saw him in the Combine, and I think it was my big mouth that said, ‘Something doesn’t look right…He doesn’t look totally healthy.’ A lot of buzz got created out of that, and I felt badly, because I wasn’t trying to denigrate the kid. He just didn’t look right.

“I followed up on it and I actually had three or four teams tell me, ‘He’s not clear on our board medically.’ So I knew there was something going on. So it didn’t surprise me when he slipped. He’s got to get healthy. When he does, we’ll see that talent come out.”

In more positive draft news, Vols lineman Ja’Wuan James was selected in the first round by the Miami Dolphins. Davis said he believes James impressed teams with his character and work ethic, which helped him move up draft boards.

“Ja’Wuan James I figured would go before Tiny. But I don’t think anyone saw him in the first round. That was a major surprise, but I’m very happy for him,” Davis said. “He was rising as we went on. He went from being considered a third, fourth round guy to a solid second round guy going into the draft. The Dolphins had a heavy need, really liked his character. After the troubles they’ve had, he’s the perfect antidote to that.”

Some say injury worries could hurt Antonio Richardson’s NFL draft standing

Antonio “Tiny” Richardson warms up during his final week of practice last December (photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — What does the future hold for former Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson?

After his appearance at the NFL Combine, which officially wraps up on Tuesday, that answer is not entirely clearly.

Richardson was expected to be a late first round or early second round choice, according to many projections, but his combine performance was panned by some for being too slow.

That raises another question: His health.

Richardson underwent knee surgery after the 2012 season and at least one reporter — former Tennessee player Charles Davis — has suggested that his knee remains an issue. Davis even suggested that Richardson might have to “redshirt” his freshman season in the NFL.

Obviously, teams don’t draft first round players to “redshirt” them. NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah even labeled Richardson as a “fifth-round pick.”

This is all unwelcome news for Richardson, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday.

But he can take heart in knowing that misinformation and disinformation is at a premium in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft.

Separating fact from opinion and truth from fiction can be hard to do.

What about the rest of the Vols? Daniel Lewis ran down all their measurements from the Combine. Vols defensive tackle Daniel McCullers will add his numbers to the list on Monday.