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Paul Richardson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Seahawks WR

Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson (6) catches a touchdown pass with UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) defending in the first half of their NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado (6'0⅜", 175 lbs)

Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks trade 40th and 146th picks to Lions for 45th, 111th and 227th picks)

Second Round: 45th Pick

NFL Comparison: Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmsHands
600317532 5/8"8 7/8"
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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.401.5438.0"10'4"7.09DNP
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Positives

  • A pure speed receiver with the smooth acceleration off the line of scrimmage to be a true deep threat. 
  • Acceleration and quick footwork allows him to effectively escape from press coverage, despite his lack of size. 
  • An elite threat to pick up chunks of yardage when given the ball in space. 
  • He's fast enough to take any ball to the house and has the smooth agility to make guys miss in the open field.
  • Plenty of experience running deep routes (fly, deep post, etc.) and does an excellent job tracking the ball over his shoulder and adjusting appropriately. 
  • Long arms for his size and impressive leaping ability gives him potential to develop in jump ball situations, but it's an area that needs development.
  • Experienced in the slot and out wide. 
  • Extremely productive at Colorado despite being surrounded by a limited supporting cast. 
  • ACL injury raises some durability concerns, but he was as explosive as ever in 2013 and showed no signs of lingering issues from the injury.

Negatives

  • Rail thin and susceptible to being jammed at the line of scrimmage as a result by more physical corners.
  • He has the speed to run around the press coverage, but if the corner can stay in front of him for just a second or two, he's already thrown off the timing of the route.
  • Lacks the size or strength to battle for balls in coverage—what might be a 50/50 ball for most receivers, is likely to fall incomplete for Richardson. 
  • Lets the ball come into his chest far too often—could improve his catch percentage fairly significantly by being more assertive and attacking the ball.
  • Small hands for a receiver.
  • Capable of running the full route tree, but he shows limited effectiveness on more possession-type routes, such as comebacks, curls or slants against tight coverage.
  • Routes can be a little sloppy at times, as he tends to round off his cuts—this is nothing more than laziness, as he's easily quick enough to be explosive out of his breaks.
  • Relied heavily on his speed in college, which won't be as special at the next level. Needs to learn the nuances of route running to gain an extra step here and there on faster defensive backs.
  • Usually gives a reasonable effort blocking, but simply too small to make a significant impact. 
  • Missed entire 2012 season with torn ACL.
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2010Colorado3451415.16
2011Colorado3955514.25
2012Colorado (Inj)--------
2013Colorado83134316.210
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Personal Notes

  • Father, Paul Richardson, played receiver at UCLA and in the NFL.
  • First-team All-Pac 12 in 2013.
  • Also played basketball and ran track in high school.
  • Originally committed to UCLA but was dismissed from the program after being arrested on felony theft charges in 2010.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Richardson is a dynamic offensive weapon who could be a game changer in the right system. However, his lack of size and inability to battle for 50/50 balls severely limits his immediate value to certain teams.

Any team in need of immediate help at receiver should stay away, because he will be easily shut down if plugged in as the first or second option in the passing game at this stage of his career. However, he could be an elite luxury pick for an established offense in need of a dangerous deep threat. 

 

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd round

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