Overview
Darryl Richard II is a defensive tackle for the New England Patriots, who selected him with the 234th pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Richard was drafted after playing four seasons for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Richard is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 290 pounds.
Prep Career
At Destrehan High School in Destrehan, LA, Richard was one of the top prospects at his position. He was ranked as the No. 15 defensive tackle in the class of 2004 by Scout.com, after recording 85 total tackles and 12.0 sacks a senior. He visited Colorado, Miami (FL) and Notre Dame before signing with Georgia Tech.
College Career
Richard played sparingly early in his freshman season, but started three of Georgia Tech's final four games in 2004. He recorded two sacks, including a safety, in the Champs Sports Bowl against Syracuse. However, he injured his knee in Spring practice in 2005, and was forced to miss all of the 2005 season. Richard returned to the field in 2006, when he became a regular starter for Georgia Tech. He finished his career with 98 total tackles (32.0 for loss) and 12.5 sacks. He was a second team All-ACC selection his senior year, when he was second on the Yellow Jackets with 10.0 tackles for loss. After his senior season, Richard was invited to participate in the East-West Shrine Game.
NFL Career
Richard was selected in the seventh round (234th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Before the 2009 season, Richard signed a contract with New England. Terms were not disclosed.

Richard was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. He was waived on Sept. 5, 2009, but re-signed to the Patriots practice squad three days later.
Personal
Richard earned his bachelor's degree in May of 2007, and earned his graduate degree at Georgia Tech in December of 2008.
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