Although not considered one of the top wide receivers in this year’s draft, Nebraska’s Niles Paul became an attractive selection prospect because of his dual threat as a return specialist to go along with his wideout potential.
Paul, a 6'1", 255 lb. Omaha native, was a second team All Big XII pick in 2010 as both a receiver and a kick/punt returner. Paul led the Huskers with 516 yards on 39 receptions and returned 19 kicks for 464 yards and brought back 14 punts for 160 yards. He scored one receiving touchdown and scored another on a kick return.
Despite playing at a school not known for its passing offense, Paul departs Nebraska as its sixth all-time leading receiver with 103 receptions.
Also in 2010, Paul became the first Cornhusker to lead the team in receiving, kick return yards and punt return yardage since 1986.
A superior prep athlete, Paul was named a first team All-State pick in football his senior year, as well as averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per game on the basketball court and a two-time state hurdling champion.
Paul’s uncle is one of Nebraska’s most popular and successful former players, Ahman Green, who spent the majority of his professional playing career in Green Bay and is now on the roster in Houston.