But Richardson now believes that he’s done enough through 14 weeks to justify being the first guy taken in a hypothetical do-over draft.
“Probably No. 1, most likely,” Richardson said of his prospects, via Matt Ehalt of ESPN.com. “Kansas City? Yeah. I went into the draft thinking I’d be the No. 1 pick. I had a shot.”
Another candidate for the top pick in a Mulligan draft would be Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, who went one spot after Richardson. Coincidentally, their teams square off this weekend.
“Thirteen, 14 and now we’re both going for defensive rookies of the year,” Richardson said. “Can’t ask for much better than that.”
While it’s too early to label the underachieving top-10 picks as bust, Richardson and Lotulelei likely would both go higher if the teams knew then what they know now.
The twelve taken before Richardson and Lotulelei were: (1) Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher; (2) Jaguars tackle Luke Joeckel; (3) Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan; (4) Eagles tackle Lane Johnson; (5) Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah; (6) Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo; (7) Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper; (8) Rams receiver Tavon Austin; (9) Milliner; (10) Titans guard Chance Warmack; (11) Chargers tackle D.J. Fluker; and (12) Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden.