Jordan Richards

Safety Stanford, 

5-11, 213, 32.5" Arms, 13 Reps, 

6.74 3-Cone! 11.38 60! (PD 4.59)

34.5" Vert, 9'3" Broad, 4.22 SS,

BB Does It Again.


This might not be the best Jordan Richards Bio, but it is the best Bio to describe why Belichick took him. Anybody who knows anything about a Belichick's drafting prowess knows that he loves to take surprise DBs, especially safeties, in the 2nd. From Eugene Wilson to Patrick Chung, and from Terrence Wheatley to Ras-I Dowling. And let's not forget Darius Butler and Tavon Wilson. All had various forms of success and where widely criticized. Chung, Eugene Wilson, Butler, and Tavon (who is still on the team;-) have been the most successful. Now we add Richards to the bunch.

He played more cover one this past season. In UCLA's second touchdown this season he was in Cover One alone in the endzone. When the slot WR went uncovered he caught it at the One and Richards knocked him sideways as he crashed into the endzone. Last season he was in Cover Two and Cover One most of the time. "[Richards] has been a good player at Stanford. He kind of plays both strong safety and free safety," The HC of NEP said. [He's] been a real productive guy for them. I think he's a guy we'll like. You'll like having around here." He played more like McCourty than last season than before. 

He was clearly Stanford's free safety as a senior. The other Safety, #22, was clearly the strong safety. He kept creeping up to the line like Chung, and attacking forward before the snap to leave Richards alone behind him. When he would creep up to towards the LOS it was to cover a slot guy. "He dropped into the box a lot," BB said. "They didn't really play him [on the LOS], no. They didn't really play their safeties that way, like linebackers. But most of the time they played on the line, [he] disguised it. But he's down around the line of scrimmage a lot [in the slot], but he doesn't line up as a linebacker." I don't know how effective he can be in Cover One in the NFL, but 4.59 is not the worst number for an NFL FS. He is not a CB, and is not expected to have the same speed and athleticism as a Corner.

Plus, he hits like a strong safety. When he collides with WRs it is rare when they don't end up hitting the turf hard. He will get indecisive a few times a game, and hop around like a chicken with his head cut off. But other than that he plays free safety with great position, smarts, and purpose. He can also turn and run with the slower inside Slot WR, when he curls under the outside WR and runs down the sideline. 

He is a very consistent player, which is what coaches like BB like the best. He plays the position the way the coaches like it. If they want him in a spot he is consistently in that spot. He is also a consistent tackler. He was even nicknamed "Coach" at Stanford. "Richards is a strong tackler, instinctive guy," the HC of the NEP said. "I think he'll be a good, certainly be able to play on the punt team, kickoff return, kickoff coverage, punt return; even be a match up guy outside maybe or a holdup guy in the box. I'm sure he'll be able to contribute in the kicking game." And of course he played a ton of special teams units at Stanford, which the HC of the NEP loves-loves-loves.

So he is not as much of a reach as it originally felt like. He was considered to be a solid 2nd Round pick coming into the season. Despite having his best statistical season, he dropped off the radar a little. I had him rated as a solid 2nd in my first Player rating. I had him rated in the 40s early. The most underrated aspect of his potential is that he was voted all PAC-12 by the coaches. So his rivals, who study each others' team more than anyone else in preparation for their games, thought he was one of the two top players at his position in the PAC-12. 

In 2014 was voted Team captain... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award... Stanford's 12th winner, first since 2011... Pop Warner National College Football Award... Phil Steele All-America fourth team... All-America honorable mention... Capital One Academic All-District... Pac-12 All-Academic first team... All-Pac-12 first team... Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team... Campbell Trophy finalist... Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist... 10 tackles (1.0 tackle for loss), one forced fumble vs. USC... Six tackles vs. Army... Three tackles, one forced fumble at Washington... Seven tackles (1.5 tackles for loss), one interception at Notre Dame... Seven tackles (five solo) vs. Washington State... Eight tackles (seven solo) at Arizona State... Four tackles, one pass breakup vs. Oregon State... 13 tackles, one pass breakup at Oregon... Six tackles vs. Utah... Eight tackles, one interception at Cal... Three tackles, one interception and one pass breakup at UCLA 

So what traits does he share with those DBs BB picked in the 2nd. He is tough, smart, and a physical player. And he is the smartest of the bunch. "Some guys, football comes really easy to them," BB said. "They can see what all 22 players are doing, can see what all 11 guys are doing on their side of the ball, how it all fits together. It's easy for them. For other guys, once you get past their assignment, the big picture, the overall concepts, how it all fits together, sometimes that doesn't come so easy for them. Depends on what position they play, but they're all different. But I would say in his case, he's a smart, instinctive football player and the rest of it is good too. I mean, so is Grissom." He didn't play CB like Wilson, Chung, and Tavon did in college, but he did line up in the slot and cover the slot guys a lot. 

Another interesting aspect in Patriot land is that BB seems to have turned his taste of football players from Rutgers to Stanford. "I'm sure when Jim was out there [at Stanford], he probably ran as close to an NFL program," BB said. "That's what he knew. That's Nick at Alabama or Greg [Schiano] when he was at Rutgers or Pat [Hill] when he was at Fresno, or Kirk [Ferentz] when he was at Iowa. You know those guys that have gone back into college football from the NFL a lot of times just take whatever they did as an NFL program, so the players are kind of accustomed to those demands. I mean, it's different because they're going to class and all that. I get that. But just the football part of it: the meetings, the walkthroughs, the offseason program, all the demands of the program, the training, the film study on their own, all those things, whatever they are. Then when they come into this league, a lot of times it's an adjustment, but it's not as much of an adjustment [for guys from those Programs]. I don't know. I can't speak specifically to that program, but from what I understand: we have Cam [Fleming], we have Tyler [Gaffney]. We have guys you can talk to about that. They didn't seem to be overwhelmed by our program. I'm not saying that wasn't a jump, but not like we might see from some other guys terminology, all that stuff. But if that's what you're used to, it maybe doesn't seem all that bad." So now we have three or four players from Stanford on the roster.

In college football now a days Safeties have to be able to cover Slot WRs. Richards did that, and did that very well. Again, he is Safety and not a Corner. For a Safety, which holds different expectations than a CB in coverage, he can cover Slot guys, TEs, and RBs underneath as well as any Safety in this Draft. Like almost all Safeties, the further he has to run with a WR in Man the more trouble he will have. When he can be physical with WRs on the first level he is excellent. When he has to run 40-yards down field in Man coverage he will lose position sometimes. He would line up 10-yards off in what I like to call the Slot-Safety position, and man up on the slot guy, or which ever receiver ran into his area from the Trips or Bunch in front of him. However, he would also play some normal Off as well.


He reminds me mostly of Eugene Chung. He is a super leader who will do anything to succeed (including pushups on the sideline during practice;-), like Chung did when he was a rookie and in college. He is a team first player, and one of those guys who is the smartest guy on the field most of the time. He was not just just a coach on the field, he was a coach to the Stanford new DB coach. "In my first week here, when I was going through things, I heard a lot about him," Stanford's DB coach Duane Akina said. "I watched 12 games, and thought I had a feel for how good he was and how important he was to the defense. I quickly found out that if Jordan made a call and somebody else thought it was a different call, well, we should just do what Jordan said. He played a huge role in helping me out with the language. A lot of the things we did in practice at Texas, we also do here at Stanford, but when it came to making specific calls in the right situations when it comes to checks and things like that, I was blessed that Jordan was there. I made sure he called out every defense. It got to a point in the meeting room where I would ask the guys a question, and I would have to say, 'Jordan, you can't say a thing,' because everyone was just waiting for Jordan to make the call." 

So one of the biggest reasons BB loved him so much is that he is the kind of QB on defense that helps make coaches look smart. "Yeah, real good," BB said about him knowing the defense and everybody's assignment. "I don't think, everybody you talk to, they rave about it; about his communication, his leadership, his football character on and off the field. I don't think there's going to be issues with that." He was more of a free safety in college like Chung was, but might be more of a strong safety like Chung has been in the NFL. He also covered the Slot guy in deep off a lot, like Chung did at Oregon. 

He played a lot of Slot-Safety at Stanford, and played it as smart as you can. He also did line up in some Press in the slot every now and again, and play it very well (though I'm sure he only did it against opponents slowest receivers;-). Like Chung, I like how he runs with tight ends down the seam. He also has that knack for being on the receiver at the end of patterns. He gives them a lot of room at the beginning of the pattern, because of speed, but he has that knack for arriving at the receiver at the same time as the ball. That is what matters to me.

He ran a 4.65 at the Combine. That is not bad speed for a SS. Then he ran a 4.59 at his Proday. That is not bad speed for a free safety. He has a ton of experience in cover Two. Which the Patriots will be running down in and down out with no Corners worth mentioning on their roster. He is a terrific hitter, but he played a lot more FS at Stanford than SS. The past two seasons he was coming from a long way back to help in run support. You can see his speed on the field as well. When he has a straight line to the RB, you can really see his straight line speed as he shoots like a rocket at him.

I'll tell you one thing about Richards. He runs that razor edge very well. The edge between being aggressive and being the last line of defense. There are not a lot of guys who can tackle an RB as aggressively as he does when they are the top of the defense. Green Bay took Randall in the 1st Round, and there is no question that any sane person would rather have Richards over Randall between an RB breaking free through the 1st and 2nd levels and the endzone. Randall might be the worst I've ever seen at being the last line of defense, while Richards is one of the best.

Also I think it is funny how everybody complains about Combine Numbers, and wants to know why teams don't just take football players. Well… this guy is just a football player. "He went exactly where I thought he was going to go," Akina said about Richards. "I thought he was a 2nd or 3rd round pick. People have no idea. Everyone wants to measure how tall guys are or how fast they are. And some measurables are important. But at the same time, if you understand that Jordan doesn't run a 4.37 like Earl Thomas, that's OK, but you also have to understand that he plays at 4.37 speed because of his intellect. In a system like the one in New England that will put stress on safeties and their abilities to make the right call at the right time, you just can't go out and find guys like Jordan. You just can't find guys like that who make plays like that and have that decision-making ability like he has." He gets to the correct spot faster than the other defenders because he knows where he needs to be and where the ball is going before his teammates.

You can't measure him solely as a football player by his measurables.  He is as tough and smart a football player as you can put on the field. That matters. He is a team-first elite leader on the field, and that matters. His height is not perfect. His speed is not the best (but he still has a 4.5 next to his name and that is pretty good for a safety). The safety who was the Combine wonder of this Draft was Damarious Randall. The safety who was just a football player in this Draft was Richards.

But he also had some interesting Combine numbers. I don't think his combine numbers were as bad as advertised. If they plan on playing him in the box safety role that Chung took over last season than getting a 4.59 forty is a very good number. Plus, we all know how much BB loves the 3-Cone Drill. His one truly exceptional Combine number was his 3-Cone number: 6.74. That really shows some elite change of direction and quickness for a strong safety. Which really shows when he is running through traffic to get to the ball carrier, like we saw Chung do a lot last season.

Excellent run defender. Great consistent tackler. Teams always seem to run to the opposite side he is lined up on. He does a nice job working his way through traffic, and coming down hill to meet the WR on the outside screen. He is not the biggest guy, but he is built like a brick ah house. When he comes down and hits the RB or WR he can take them out, like he did against the TE from Wisconsin in their bowl game in 2013. When they line him up in the box he can fill the hole like a linebacker. Lines up on the seam a lot against trips and bunches, and is terrific getting to the RB running behind that wall, like Chung did last season.

He is excellent in coverage and will hold onto the ball when he gets his hands on it. He played WR in high school. He has that knack for high pointing the ball, or hitting the WR's arms or hands as the ball arrives. In the NFL now a days they pass more than they run. So Strong Safeties will get smaller and smaller as they have to cover more and more, like Chung. There really isn't such a thing as a pure 225-pound Box Safety. Last season Chung came as close to a pure Box Safety as I have seen in years, and he was in coverage on the RB and TE all over the field as well. He also was really playing linebacker la lot do to injuries to the LBs.

Richards is really more of the modern Strong Safety like Chung. He can be a force against the run, but also has the skills to play just about every kind of coverage a FS has to do as well. He is also solidly built, being 211-pounds at 5-10 and 7/8" is as solid build as you will see for someone who can still cover.

Additional Game Notes:

Oregon: He understands position in zone defenses and always maintains his position. He will often play single high safety behind the Man-coverage in front of him on one side of the field. Nice feet and excellent COD behind the coverage. He reads the QB eyes and instantly adjusts to where he is looking. Shows some quick twitch in coverage. TMIWTMIL. Oregon did not want to throw to his side. A lot of teams did not want to run to his side. He always seem to take the right angle across the field when they run away from him. He can play some Cover One. More as a last line of defense than in the passing game. Does a nice job doubling the WR over the top on the sideline. Does a nice job getting his hand up between the WR's hands as he tries to catch the ball.

Washington- At his best in Cover Two. He played a lot of Cover Two at Stanford. He can get over aggressive in cover two and whiff on the RB sometimes. He has that knack for arriving when the ball arrives when he has high coverage on the outside WR.

UCLA- He can catch the smaller RB from behind in the open field. When he is the centerfield, he can get to the ball outside the seam and get his hands on it, like he did against UCLA. He can play Cover Two very well, and can get outside the numbers and make the interception. He will line up on the seam and cover slot guys. He is so good at bursting forward on the short passes and hitting the WR. He has underrated speed outside and can get to the ball in the air on the sideline. Plays with speed and anticipation. He showed some surprising speed against UCLA. "I equate Jordan to Tedy Bruschi, who I worked with at Arizona," Akina said. "Tedy was too short and too slow, and he came from Arizona. Arizona? That's not Ohio State. But he became a great pro because of things you can't measure in black and white." He got all the way across the field on an outside run to knock a guy out of bounds on a toss to the opposite side.

Notre Dame- He does a nice job finding an alley to where the RB is running when he is in Cover Two. He makes the checks and calls in the secondary. He knows how to stay in front of the RB when he is the last line of defense, and can make blockers miss to protect the sideline. He played Slot-Safety for Stanford a lot before last season. I love how he hits the ball carrier in the open field. He reads it so fast that he can fly past the LOS and tackle the ball carrier when he is lined up in the slot. At his best when lined up as a box safety. 

2013: He garnered 40 solo tackles and 29 assists for 69 total tackler, to go along with: 3 INT, 3 PBU, 4 TFL, 1 FR, Capital One Academic All-America second team.. Capital One Academic All-Disctrict... All-Pac-12 honorable mention... Pac-12 All-Academic first team.. Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team... Jim Thorpe Award watch list... Preseason All-America fourth team by Phil Steele... Preseason All-Pac-12 by Phil Steele... Preseason All-Pac-12 by Athlon Sports... Preseason All-Pac-12 third team by Lindy's... Stanford's Defensive Player of the Game vs. UCLA (Oct. 19)... Stanford's co-Defensive Player of the Game at Washington State (Sept. 28)... 14 games played... 69 tackles (40 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three pass breakups... One tackle for loss among six stops vs. San Jose State... Four tackles (1.0 for loss) at Army... Two tackles, one pass breakup against Arizona State... Three tackles, 30-yard interception return for touchdown against Washington State... Three tackles, forced fumble and pass breakup vs. Washington.. Eight tackles at Utah... 10 tackles (five solo), two interceptions for 25 yards, one pass breakup vs. UCLA... Six tackles (five solo) at Oregon State... Four tackles (three solo) vs. Oregon... Five tackles (1.0 for loss) at USC... Five tackles vs. Cal... Five tackles (1.0 for loss) vs. Notre Dame... Two tackles at Arizona State in Pac-12 Championship Game... Five tackles vs. Michigan State in Rose Bowl.


Jordan Richards #8 (Alex Carter) vs Arizona ST 2014

This Tape starts off great. You can see Richards right on the deep seem in Cover One. Please note that this is a Carter Tape so the circled guy is not Richards. Richards is the long armed Safety with the long white sleeves who wears #8. But like I was saying in the intro, Richards played Cover One a lot more than given credit. Granted it was more on traditional runs down, but in college football now a days any down is a passing down (:01). He drops into cover One right off the screen, which puts him 20-yards away from the line of scrimmage. He is the guy the Stanford coaches trusted the most as the last line of defense, which allowed them to blitz more. "We asked our safeties to do quite a bit," Akina said. " He has ability and flexibility. He's not just a box safety. He can be a physical guy. He can line up in the slot and play man coverage. It's an insult to call him a box safety. As a collegian, he worked hard on all aspects of defensive back play, including man coverage. He's been engaged in a lot of concepts." He played a lot more like McCourty last year than Chung. You can see him at the end coming up fast.

Usually it was #22 coming up. But you can see Richards came up as well, usually because he reads something. You can see his nice on field speed as he crosses the field to get in front of the RB bouncing it outside to the opposite side (:11). Here he is opposite Carter as the Slot-Safety. As you often see in college football he lines up ten yards off, and tries to meet the slot receiver at the marker (:20). The thing I like the most about Richards on the field is that he has that knack for being there when the ball arrives. You can just see him hop onto the WR as he starts to make his break. If the QB had thrown it to him he would have been right there when the ball arrived.

Lined up as the Slot-Safety again on the blind side (:33). Here he is as the Slot-Safety lined up 11-yards off the inside receiver lined up in the Bunch. He stayed in the zone. You can see he is the first to arrive as the QB hits the WR crossing underneath him (:51). He is lined up right in the middle like the middle linebacker (or Chung;-). He falls for the play action, and goes for the RB, as he clearly had run first responsibilities. The QB throws it over his head for the TD (1:03). He drops back into Cover Two (1:19). Then #22 steps up and Richards is back in Cover One all by himself. This is his second best trait on the field. He is an aggressive and consistent tackler when he knows he is the last line of defense. That was a great tackle out in space with no one to protect his back. He not only stops him, he takes him down hard.

With ten guys in front of him he is back in Cover One. Then you see the Switch as the WR goes in motion, and he and #22 switch positions. Now he is the Slot-Safety on the inside WR in Trips again. One thing I noticed watching Stanford is that teams tends to run away from Richards. Every run so far, except when he was way back in centerfield, was to the opposite side of Richards. That is a lot of respect from opposing coaches (1:58). Here he is on the Blindside lined up almost on the goal line in front of the slot WR (2:14). All alone 20-yards deep in centerfield. He comes up to help Carter but Strong broke the tackle (2:21). You are not going to get the stats playing Centerfield that you would get as a Box Safety, like McCourty this past season. But you can see there that he played it as he was coached to play it. No one gets behind him, but he also has that knack for coming up strong when they catch the ball under him or the RB breaks free on a run, and he plays his positioning perfectly.

He is not in centerfield here. He is the inside Slot Corner playing Off on the middle WR in the Trips. Watch how he takes on the blocker with his hands. He powers him off. Then watch the agility as he slides sideways downfield a little and makes the tackle. #4 jumps on top of the ball carrier, and Richards grabs his arms and rips the ball out just a little too late. You have to love the fighting and scraping as he tries to get that ball out (2:34). Here he is going in motion across the field in straight up man coverage on #83 (2:47). Well not the best Tape, but you got to see a lot of what makes him a not just very good player, but an important player. "Look, the bottom line is that the Pac-12 is as good a conference as you'll find, especially for a defensive back, because it's filled with triggermen," Akina said. "He's been looking at some of the best quarterbacks in the college game the last few years, and he did an excellent job. To me, it's no surprise he went where he did." He played more Cover One than given credit, and played slot corner a lot, which no one thinks he is athletic enough to do. Now maybe he can or maybe he can't play Cover One or Slot-Safety in the NFL, but he certainly had enough speed and athleticism play both at Stanford.

Jordan Richards #8 (Alex Carter) vs Arizona ST 2014


Jordan Richards vs. Oregon 2013:

Here he is in some tight Cover Two. He comes up a little too aggressively and takes a bad angle. It is a little startling because he so rarely takes bad angles. But he has great quickness (4.22 in the short shuttle). He reacts instantly and almost hops back and makes the tackle. He just doesn't let guys get past him, and that is a very important trait when you are a free Safety (:01). This idea that he is not a great athlete is ludicrous. He has a 4.5 next to his name, he placed in the top five for safeties in two categories meant to measure change of direction and endurance (6.74 3-Cone Drill and 11.38 in the 60-yard shuttle), and a 34.5" vertical leap and 9'3 broad jumps are nothing to laugh at athletically. Those are not the terrible numbers they have been made out to be.

He is coming up like a strong safety here. But then you can see he lines up as the Slot-Safety and takes the slot WR in Off. Then he instantly bails on the Snap to play over the top of the outside WR as the CB blitzes. If that was a pass he was all alone outside with two WRs in front of him. That is a lot of respect from his coaches to put him in such a tough spot (:10). Back at Slot-Safety playing deep Off (:20). He ends up running just behind the WR 45-yards down field. Sometimes you get beat the guy just drops it. That was not the coverage of a slow Safety. It is not the best coverage, but he is a safety and no one has ever called him a CB. There are not a lot of safeties in the NFL who are going to have perfect coverage manned-up on a WR 45-yards downfield. That is another bad position the coaches put him in. But as he has a tendency to do, he came through.

They run to the opposite side he is lined up on again. And again he shows the speed getting from one side of the field to the other. So even though he was the furthest defender lined up from where the run went, he was the second on the scene behind Carter lined up right in front of it (:31). Here he is dropping back into Cover One. He does a nice job playing high over the WR, and forces Mariota to hold onto the ball and take off (:40). You can see he has perfect position over the Top (:48). Then when the WR breaks inside he slips and falls and Mariota throws the ball.

Here he is lined up in Off on the Slot WR inside the Five. You can see he is right on the WR at the pylon, and his coverage is so tight the WR falls down (:57). Cover Two. He has that knack for being there when the ball arrives (1:07). Way back in Cover One as the last line of defense. He just never misses that tackle when he has to take the ball carrier down or it is a touchdown (1:16). He just doesn't let the guy get past him when he has no one at his back. Also did you see the speed and acceleration he used to get there (1:28). Slot Coverage (1:37). He stays in the short zone (1:45). When there is no help between him and the endzone he makes the tackle every time.

Cover Two. It is such a fine line between playing the run aggressively and being the last line of defense (1:55). No one does that better than he does in this Draft, as you can see by this aggressive hit.

He he is picking up the inside WR on the Corner blitz. The RB cuts outside, and he actually whiffs. He is such a consistent tackler that is a little startling when he gets juked-out (2:04). Stanford loves to slip in and out of Cover Two (2:12). Slot-CB on the middle WR in the Trips. He holds his position and gives him a nice bump. I know he sucks in coverage, but I like how he turns and runs with slot WRs after he bumps them. He consistently is able to turn and run with the slower inside WRs once he get a jam or bump in (2:26). Cover Two Safety (2:37). Not much he can do there with two WRs underneath him completely ignored by the Corners? He is trapped between the two WRs and the endzone (2:47). Here they are switching around the safeties before the snap again (2:53). He plays the high safety nicely. Watch the force he comes up with as he knocks #11's block off.

That is Cover One again. When you make a mistake in Cover One bad things happen (3:05). Again, he seems to be the only defender making a play in the endzone, while three or four other DBs just watching (3:19). You can see that #85 is doubled and the two guys doubling him let him go. He runs towards Richards who is about 20-yards away when he turns and breaks on the pass (3:31). Then he creams him and tries to knock the ball out.

Jordan Richards vs Oregon 2013


Jordan Richards vs. UCLA 2012:

Cover Two. He fills the hole between the two blocking WRs and gets the job done. Even as a sophomore he was able to bring the RB down when he had him in his sights (:00). For a guy who can't cover he spends a lot of time in the slot. Again, he gets a nice jam, and then turns and runs with the big WR nicely. That was excellent coverage (:10). Slot-Safety. he does a great job getting to the opposite side of the field to get in front of the RB who looked like he as going to break it (:18). Slot-Safety who plays his position perfectly (:28). Slot-Safety.  (:36). I know he is not fast. I know he is not a great athlete. But he did just run down Jonathon Franklin from behind right, from the opposite side of the field.

There he is again. The last line of defense, and he knocks Huntley out of bounds from the opposite side of the field (1:14). Slot-Safety. He gets across the field again to make the tackle. He does play with some speed on the field (1:26). You can see here that he has that knack for arriving at the WR at the end of the pattern when the ball arrives (1:35). He gets his hand up between the arms, and slaps one of the arms just as the ball arrives to help knock it out (1:45). Back at Slot-Safety. You get a nice look at him stalking the RB as he gets in front of him from across the field (1:56). It always seems like they are running to the opposite side he is playing on.

You get to see how quick he reacts to the run when he is in coverage (2:05). He always does a nice job keeping one eye on the QB. He seems him throw and quickly gets over and hits the WR as the ball arrives (2:12). You can see he wasn't as consistent a tackler as a sophomore. But it shows how he works on his craft. (2:37). But you can still see that he had that knack for staying in front of the runaway ball carrier and not letting him get past him (2:49). Here he does not hit him square, like he consistently did as a junior and senior, but gets his hands on his inside foot and trips him up

You can see already that he has those natural feet. Watch the feet as he drops back, and shoots forward. He finds his way through a small traffic jam to take the runner out. That is terrific safety play by anyone's measure (3:03). When I say I like how he turns and runs with the WR when he gets a jam in first I'm not being a homer. There is no better example than this. When I say he has that knack for being on the spot at the end of patterns I mean it. There is no better example than this (3:12). He gets position, gets his hands on the WR, turns his hips, and goes steps in front of the WR. I'm not saying he is a Corner by anyone's measure. But in the NFL today Safeties will get caught on the field and have to cover slot receivers. He was able to do that in college. I think he can do it better than Chung. Not that his form was perfect and he won't get beat deep when he has to turn and run deep. But his best trait is that he has that knack for arriving as the ball arrives at the end of the pattern. If that knack translates to the next level he is going to make a name for himself in the NFL.

This is the perfect example of his second best trait. He is lined up over the top of Twins left. He is on the Seam, but essentially in Cover One as the other Safety shots forward in run defense. I keep hearing and reading that he is not a great athlete with speed. I keep hearing he is not a Cover One safety like McCourty. But (and this is a big but like the way I like them;-), he is not in centerfield here. He is in left field with the ball going to right field. Watch the elite way he plays this RB (go back and watch what Damarious Randall plays a similar run on the first play of his Tape). He angles forward to fill hole, and sees that there is no one behind him (3:38). Watch the burst and speed as he changes direction to keep the deep angle on the RB. This is a sophomore. He keeps the angle and doesn't let the nifty footed RB juke his way free. If he gets past Richards it is a TD and both players know it. But Richards perfectly shows his knack for not letting the RB get past him when the rest of the defense is 100% reliant on him to protect their backs. Then his third best trait. He always seems to go after the ball once he sees the tackle is secure. On the instant replay you can see him hold the RB up, and once he sees his teammates arrive he attacks the ball to try and rip it out.

He is such a good open field tacklers. The last two tackles he made out all alone in space are not easy plays to make. Plus, you can see again he has one hand on the shirt and the other on the ball (4:15). Some nice man coverage in the slot against the bigger WR (4:25). Okay, so he isn't a great athlete and doesn't have great speed (4:36). Than can you explain this great tackle from way deep in Cover Two. Oh and by the way, he is a terrific hitter. 

After whiffing in the hole between the two WRs out in space, he was not going to do that again. Watch the hit as he tackles through the RB. That is just another great defensive tackle (5:27). When they put him in the Box he can look as good as any Strong Safety in this Draft. Watch the recognition, and the quick attack forward before the throw. Then the great hit for the TFL (5:37). He arrives with some nasty even in slow motion (5:40). Again he shows that knack for being there when the ball arrives (6:12). The ball was knocked down by the LB, but watch how Richards jumps in front of the WR with perfect timing. He would have knocked that ball down if the LB didn't (6:23). He he is in Cover Two with a throw to the sideline on his side, and surprise surprise he plays it perfect (6:32). Just another example of him arriving as the ball arrives at the end of the pattern. See how he hits his inside arm. That would have knocked the ball out if the CB hadn't (6:42). He just has that knack for being there as the ball arrives, unless he slips and falls again. Well, I think I showed every thing I want to show. Congratulation Pats Fans I think they got a good one.

Jordan Richards vs. UCLA 2012



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As a Senior (2014) • Game-by-Game Statistics
• Team captain
• National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award
     • Stanford's 12th winner, first since 2011
• Pop Warner National College Football Award
• Phil Steele All-America fourth team
• All-America honorable mention
• Capital One Academic All-District

• Pac-12 All-Academic first team
• All-Pac-12 first team
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team
• Campbell Trophy finalist
• Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist
• Bednarik Award watch list
• Nagurski Award watch list
• Senior CLASS Award candidate
• midseason All-America
• preseason All-America
• Athlon preseason All-America fourth team
• Phil Steele preseason All-America second team
• Phil Steele midseason All-America second team
• Athlon preseason All-Pac-12 first team
• Sporting News preseason All-Pac-12
• Phil Steele preseason All-Pac-12 first team
• Phil Steele midseason All-Pac-12 first team
• Two tackles vs. UC Davis
• 10 tackles (1.0 tackle for loss), one forced fumble vs. USC
• Six tackles vs. Army
• Three tackles, one forced fumble at Washington
• Seven tackles (1.5 tackles for loss), one interception at Notre Dame
• Seven tackles (five solo) vs. Washington State
• Eight tackles (seven solo) at Arizona State
• Four tackles, one pass breakup vs. Oregon State
• 13 tackles, one pass breakup at Oregon
• Six tackles vs. Utah
• Eight tackles, one interception at Cal
• Three tackles, one interception and one pass breakup at UCLA

Games played: 13
      Tackles  Sacks  Fumble  Int     pass 
Date  Opponent  solo  ast  total  tfl  yds  no.  yds  ff  fr  yds  no.  yds  qbh  brup 
Aug 30, 2014  UC DAVIS  0.0  0.0 
Sep 06, 2014  USC  10  1.0  0.0 
Sep 13, 2014  ARMY  0.0  0.0 
Sep 27, 2014  at Washington  0.0  0.0 
Oct 04, 2014  at Notre Dame  1.5  0.0 
Oct 10, 2014  WASHINGTON STATE  0.0  0.0 
Oct 18, 2014  at Arizona State  0.0  0.0 
Oct 25, 2014  OREGON STATE  0.0  0.0 
Nov 01, 2014  at Oregon  13  0.0  0.0 
Nov 15, 2014  UTAH  0.0  0.0 
Nov 22, 2014  at California  0.0  0.0 
Nov 28, 2014  at UCLA  0.0  0.0 
Dec 30, 2014  vs Maryland  0.0  0.0 
Totals     53  26  79  2.5  0.0 

As a Junior (2013) • Game-by-Game Statistics
• Capital One Academic All-America second team
• Capital One Academic All-Disctrict

• All-Pac-12 honorable mention
• Pac-12 All-Academic first team
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team
• Jim Thorpe Award watch list
• Preseason All-America fourth team by Phil Steele
• Preseason All-Pac-12 by Phil Steele
• Preseason All-Pac-12 by Athlon Sports
• Preseason All-Pac-12 third team by Lindy's
• Stanford's Defensive Player of the Game vs. UCLA (Oct. 19)
• Stanford's co-Defensive Player of the Game at Washington State (Sept. 28)
• 14 games played
• 69 tackles (40 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three pass breakups
• One tackle for loss among six stops vs. San Jose State
• Four tackles (1.0 for loss) at Army
• Two tackles, one pass breakup against Arizona State
• Three tackles, 30-yard interception return for touchdown against Washington State
• Three tackles, forced fumble and pass breakup vs. Washington
• Eight tackles at Utah
• 10 tackles (five solo), two interceptions for 25 yards, one pass breakup vs. UCLA
• Six tackles (five solo) at Oregon State
• Four tackles (three solo) vs. Oregon
• Five tackles (1.0 for loss) at USC
• Five tackles vs. Cal
• Five tackles (1.0 for loss) vs. Notre Dame
• Two tackles at Arizona State in Pac-12 Championship Game
• Five tackles vs. Michigan State in Rose Bowl


Games played: 14
All purpose avg/game: 3.9
      Tackles  Sacks  Fumble  Int     pass    
Date  Opponent  solo  ast  total  tfl  yds  no.  yds  ff  fr  yds  no.  yds  qbh  brup  pts 
Sep 07, 2013  SAN JOSE STATE  1.0  0.0 
Sep 14, 2013  at Army  1.0  0.0 
Sep 21, 2013  ARIZONA STATE  0.0  0.0 
Sep 28, 2013  at Washington State  0.0  0.0  30 
Oct 05, 2013  WASHINGTON  0.0  0.0 
Oct 12, 2013  at UTAH  0.0  0.0 
Oct 19, 2013  UCLA  10  0.0  0.0  25 
Oct 26, 2013  at Oregon State  0.0  0.0 
Nov 07, 2013  OREGON  0.0  0.0 
Nov 16, 2013  at USC  1.0  0.0 
Nov 23, 2013  CALIFORNIA  0.0  0.0 
Nov 30, 2013  NOTRE DAME  1.0  0.0 
Dec 07, 2013  at Arizona State  0.0  0.0 
Jan 01, 2014  vs Michigan State  0.0  0.0 
Totals     40  29  69  4.0  12  0.0  55 

As a Sophomore (2012) • Game-by-Game Statistics
• Midseason All-America second team
• All-Pac-12 honorable mention
• Pac-12 All-Academic first team
• Third on team with 68 tackles
• Team-high 15 passes defended, second with three interceptions
• Seven tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss and 10-yard sack against Wisconsin in Rose Bowl
• Four tackles, one interception and four pass breakups in home win over USC
• Season-high 11 tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for loss against UCLA in Pac-12 title game
• One interception and one tackle for loss at UCLA
• Two pass breakups and five tackles (three solo) vs. Oregon State
• Four solo tackles at Oregon
• Three tackles (two solo) and forced a fumble at Cal
• Four tackles (three solo) and one pass breakup at Notre Dame
• 10 tackles (seven solo) against Arizona
• First career interception vs. Duke off a Henry Anderson deflection
• Recipient of team's Outstanding Sophomore Award

As a Freshman (2011) • Game-by-Game Statistics
• Appeared in all 13 games with three starts
• 31 tackles and one pass breakup
• Earned starts against USC, Oregon State and Oregon in place of injured Delano Howell
• Season-high nine tackles against Washington
• Eight tackles in first career start at USC


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