The Bills added another big offensive lineman with their fifth pick of the NFL draft on Saturday afternoon. They took Cyril Richardson, a 6-5, 329-pound guard from Baylor who fell from favor in scouts' eyes after winning the Jim Parker Award as the top offensive lineman in college.
In Friday's second round, the Bills selected Cyrus Kouandjio, a 6-7, 322-pound offensive tackle from Alabama. So they added a Cyril to a Cyrus. Cy's on top of size, you might say.
"We're going to stick with our theme of big offensive linemen," said Jim Monos, the Bills' director of player personnel. "He's a big mauler-type guard who can gain movement. We just love his power and his strength. This guy has played against some of the top competition and played in the Senior Bowl."
Actually, Richardson was projected as a second-round talent before his performance at the Super Bowl, which diminished him in the scouts' eyes. ESPN draft guru said Richardson slipped to the "fourth-round mix" after the Senior Bowl. So the Bills were pleased to get him with the 153rd overall choice.
"Sometimes I was joking about being the best guy on the board," Monos said, "but this was another guy that we really liked the whole year. He fits what we're looking for in terms of size and strength.
"I think what happened a little bit at the Senior Bowl during the week, he may not have had the best practices and stuff like that," Monos said. "When the game was on, he came right back and played like he was capable of. Maybe that turned some people away, but we're not afraid of him."
Richardson started three years at Baylor, where he blocked for Robert Griffin III. He was twice an all-American and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the top interior linemen in college.
"I'm glad to be a part of this," said Richardson of the Bills. "It's a great institution. It's a great fit."