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Paul Richardson | Wide Receiver

Team: Colorado Buffaloes
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 175

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Seahawks selected Colorado WR Paul Richardson with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Richardson (6-foot, 175) spent three years at Colorado, hauling in 156 passes for 2,412 yards (15.5 YPR) and 21 TDs. A lightweight burner with 4.4 speed and a 10-foot-2 broad jump, Richardson's game is all about running by people. He is a finesse wideout who needs to add bulk to play a high-volume NFL receiving role. Richardson tore both his left ACL and MCL at separate points during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Richardson has the potential to be an upgrade opposite over Doug Baldwin opposite Percy Harvin, but will likely open 2014 no higher than the No. 3 receiver. Fri, May 9, 2014 08:18:00 PM

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The Panthers are working out Colorado WR Paul Richardson on Friday, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Richardson is a lean, vertical receiver with a drop rate of almost nine percent in 2013. He should be a late third- or fourth-round pick and would fill the void left by the departed Tedd Ginn Jr.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Colorado WR Paul Richardson will meet with the Jets this week, reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

"Second-round target?" Pauline wonders. Richardson's wiry frame (6'0/175 pounds) makes blocking and getting past press coverage a chore, but he's dynamite in the open field. "Uses the sidelines well, possesses good eye-hand coordination, and consistently makes catches away from his frame," Pauline writes in a scouting report. "Gets up in a crowd and fights to come away with the ball. Runs crisp routes, separates from defenders, and comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target. Plays with quickness and can run to the deep throw. A big-play receiver with a consistent game."
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 08:56:00 PM

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick notes that Colorado WR Paul Richardson runs the "deep route tree" similar to DeSean Jackson.

"The way Richardson runs deep route tree reminds (me) of DeSean. Can carry speed through the "move point" as good as anyone," Riddick tweeted. Maturity and characters concerns aside, both Jackson and Richardson share the same type of frame (6'0/175 pounds) as well as explosiveness. If a team is looking for a vertical threat in the draft, Richardson could be had for a late second or third-round selection.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 07:55:00 AM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared Colorado WR Paul Richardson's play speed to Ted Ginn's.

"Richardson destroys pursuit angles when he gets in the open field. He has an extra gear." Jeremiah tweeted. The Colorado product can certainly get vertical downfield, which could earn him some Desean Jackson comparisons. We don't expect Richardson to be drafted in the top 50.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 05:02:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Colorado WR Paul Richardson has "speed to burn and (is) very light on his feet."

Richardson "looks like he's 160 lbs on tape - very lean," Brugler tweeted. The Colorado receiver measured in at 6'0/175 pounds at the NFL Combine. "I like the speed of Richardson too, but his arrest and dismissal from UCLA is rarely talked about - some character/maturity concerns there," Brugler added. Richardson has a chance to be a late second-round pick, but third-round is more likely.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 02:03:00 PM

Colorado WR Paul Richardson "should produce one of the best [40-yard dash] times at the combine," writes NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Richardson was a track star in high school, and evaluators anticipate that he'll put on a show in quickness drills. "Though he has a very thin build, Richardson is an explosive athlete who bursts off the line of scrimmage in his release and can find another gear once the ball is in the air," wrote Jeremiah. "He has been compared to Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who has a similar frame and explosiveness. I don't think Richardson is quite as polished as Jackson as a route-runner, but I do believe he can match Jackson's top speed." Richardson's slender frame (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) and durability both detract from his stock, but we love his aforementioned home run speed and big-play ability.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Colorado redshirt junior WR Paul Richardson will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Richardson, who missed last season with a knee injury, has collected 79 catches for 1,289 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. His slender frame (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) will ensure durability questions persist, but we like Richardson's deep speed and big-play ability.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 04:51:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that Colorado redshirt junior WR Paul Richardson will enter the NFL draft.

Buffalos head coach Mike MacIntyre told reporters last week that he would not twist Richardson's arm to stay in Boulder next season, but it appears that the star receiver has already made up his mind to leave. Richardson, who missed last season with a knee injury, has collected 79 catches for 1,289 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. His slender frame (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) will ensure durability questions persist, but we like Richardson's deep speed and big-play ability.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:44:00 AM

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntrye told reporters he would not twist junior WR Paul Richardson's arm to return next season.

"It's his decision on what he wants to do," MacIntyre said. We expect Richardson to enter the draft, especially after questioning why Colorado's passing attack was not as successful as Oregon State's when the two schools faced off.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:03:00 AM

The average length of Colorado redshirt junior WR Paul Richardson's eight touchdown catches is 51.5 yards.

This is obviously a huge number and will be tough to keep up for the rest of the season. Richardson has plenty of talent, especially considering the lack of a surrounding cast at Colorado. We wouldn't be surprised to see him declare for May's draft.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre hopes redshirt junior WR Paul Richardson will be available to play against UCLA.

Richardson rolled his ankle against Arizona. "He’s feeling a lot better than he was (Monday)," MacIntyre said. "He’s a skinny little guy, so a little ankle does hurt him a little bit. I know he wants to play against UCLA in the Rose Bowl back at home. Hopefully, he’ll be able to go because we definitely need him."
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 05:15:00 PM

Colorado senior WR Paul Richardson implied that he'd like to be used as Oregon State uses Brandin Cooks.

Cooks snagged nine balls for 168 yards and two TDs in the Beavers' blowout victory Saturday against the Buffaloes, while Richardson caught five passes for 70 yards. "We can take the page out of Oregon State's book," said Richardson. "I really like how they force-fed Brandin the ball. He's a good receiver, but when you're giving him that many touches, he was able to be productive." Richardson then said that he completely trusted his coaching staff and stated, "I can't say that we should have forced me the ball." The quotes read passive-aggressive and a tad insubordinate. Richardson was targeted just as many times (13) as Cooks in the contest. What he really seems to be saying is that Colorado's quarterback play and coaching aptitude is inferior to Oregon State's. While he'd be correct, Richardson is advised to limit his focus to the things he can control.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 01:52:00 PM's Bucky Brooks believes Colorado senior WR Paul Richardson could intrigue teams during the second day of May's draft.

"Richardson's slender frame (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) will cause some scouts to worry about his durability, (but) the fact he has displayed big-play ability and explosive speed throughout his career will" impress evaluators, according to Brooks. Richardson has started his season on a high note, posting two games of over 200 yards, but he missed all of last year with an ACL injury.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 08:53:00 AM

Colorado WR coach Troy Walters believes the "sky is the limit" for junior WR Paul Richardson.

"I mean he can be the best in the country," Walters said. "He has all the tools and abilities to be the best out there. I mean, he can run. He's got another gear that I haven't seen in college football. He's got great hands and he's hungry. So you add all those things together. He's coachable. I expect big things out of him this year." Richardson missed the 2012 season due to a torn ACL.
Source: Buff Zone
Mon, May 6, 2013 01:02:00 PM