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How Paul Richardson Fits with the Seattle Seahawks

Colorado defensive lineman De'Jon Wilson, left, joins wide receiver Paul Richardson in singing the school song with fans after their 41-24 victory over California in an NCAA football game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Keith MyersContributor IMay 10, 2014

With the 45th pick in 2014 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks drafted wide receiver Paul Richardson out of Colorado.   

According to the CBS Sports draft database, Richardson is the third-fastest receiver in this year's draft class. His 4.33 40-yard dash speed is easy to see in his game tape, as he regularly blows past cornerbacks and safeties. 

Between Harvin and Richardson, the Seahawks are looking to re-locate your safeties to the parking lot.

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In Seattle's offense, Richardson's speed will be used to keep safeties back away from the line of scrimmage. This will help to open things up for Marshawn Lynch and the running game, creating more space for fellow receivers Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin

It is important to note that Richardson isn't a one-trick pony. While his speed and ability to get deep is his best asset, he is also a polished route-runner with very good short-area quickness. This allows him to get separation on any route in the route tree.

This is something that the Seahawks have desperately needed. Other than Baldwin, Russell Wilson lacked targets in 2013 who could get separation for easy completions. Getting Harvin back healthy for 2014 will help, and having Richardson playing on the other side of the formation will help as well. 

There is only one concern with Richard as a prospect, but it is a major one. He weighted just 175 pounds at the combine, and that was up significantly from his playing weight in college. At that size, Richardson may have trouble staying healthy. 

If he can prove to be durable, the Seahawks will have just drafted a very good player. 

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