Our coach, Chris Kokell, goes into the #FilmRoom640 with Wellington Dynamic ATH Mark Richards. Richards is the younger brother of Miami Hurricanes stand out wide receiver Ahmmon Richards. With his brother’s shadow looming, Kokell looks to shine some light on why Mark Richards is ready to create his own legacy.
NAME: Mark Richards
WEIGHT: 196 lbs
40 TIME: 4.46
TOP OFFERS: Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Auburn, Penn State, Oregon, LSU, Georgia
The athlete tag gets thrown out there for high school football players but Mark Richards is the true definition of the ATH position. In this breakdown you will see evaluations at running back (RB), wide receiver (WR) and defensive back (DB).
RB– Strong Runner. Great vision. Richards somehow doesn’t lose speed when changing direction. Last running back that I saw with that ability was Travis Homer (Oxbridge, Hurricanes). Plus hands out of the backfield. Match up nightmare as Richards is too fast for linebackers and too big for defensive backs.
WR– Incredible athlete that can be used out wide or in the slot. Pure speed to take the top off of a defense. Can go up and get the jump ball.
DB– Ball hawk. Great instincts. Drives through and moves the pile when tackling. Great in space. High points ball as a defender.
Things To Improve:
Needs to hone in on one position and start sculpting his body in that frame. Coming out of the backfield, Richards needs to improve (lower) his pad level. When carrying the football, a runner doesn’t want to leave all that target for a defender to hit. Lowering of pad level will also help Richards naturally start delivering more of the blow on short yardage runs. At wide receiver and defensive back, Richards should be all about quickening the feet. He’s FAST right now, time to be QUICK. All fast twitch muscle workouts. There is a saying SLOW FEET, DON’T EAT. At the next level everyone will be fast, start getting an edge now. This will also help make route running more crisp.
On defense Richards reminds me of a young Jamal Adams. Adams, a former LSU star and current safety for the New York Jets, shares a knack with Richards for making the big play. Whether it is in pass defense, down in the box as a run stopper or even rushing the passer, big time players like Mark Richards always seem to be around the football. Richards has a good frame to get bigger in a short time in a college weight room. With that size, speed and length Richards can play both safety positions in college and beyond.
On offense, coaches (including Wellington head coach Tom Abel and myself) have had heated debates on where Mark Richards should play in college. He is that rare talent that can dominate as a pound the ball RB or be dynamic split out wide. While admitting that Richards would be extremely successful as a wide receiver at the next level, I’d still prefer to see Mark use both skill sets and be that rare every down back on Saturdays in the mold of a Matt Forte or Saquon Barkley. To be able to use a running back between the tackles and also motion or swing him out into a mismatch with a linebacker in the passing game is an offensive coordinators dream. Defensive tape shows Richards has the toughness to stay in and block when max protect is needed.
Love Mark Richards’ team first, do what ever is asked attitude, but in private workouts this summer, Richards needs to pick a position and hone in on those skills. Before making a college decision, Richards needs to be sure his new position coach is the right man to bring the best out of him. If he makes the right choice, Richards will be following his brother into the NFL in four years.