WR PAUL RICHARDSON, COLORADO*

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6’1” – 170 lbs. – 4.45e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 34 – 514 – 6 (15.1)
2011: 30 – 555 – 5 (14.2)
2012: Redshirt (ACL)

OVERVIEW:

Originally signed with UCLA, but eventually ended up attending Colorado. Finished second on the team in yards as a true freshman, starting four of the twelve games he appeared in. Started all nine games he appeared in as a sophomore, but a knee injury caused him to miss the other four contests. Tore his ACL in spring practice the following year and redshirted. Team captain.

POSITIVES:

•    Has been productive in all three seasons at Colorado, with a breakout 2013 campaign.
•    Recovered from a torn ACL to put together his best season as a redshirt junior.
•    Height is above-average for an outside receiving option; also possesses long arms.
•    A true deep threat who is capable of taking the top off of a defense with his speed.
•    Effective at uncovering himself through the utilization of double moves on deep routes.
•    Success running deep routes allows him to be effective on comebacks and curls.
•    Runs a pretty wide variety of routes despite not working in many short routes.
•    From time to time, capable of making acrobatic grabs he has no business catching.
•    Despite his lanky build, does a good job of using his body to shield defenders.
•    Has been utilized on reverse passes at times; threw a touchdown against Oregon.

NEGATIVES:

•    Has a very slight frame; is listed on Colorado’s website as weighing only 170 pounds.
•    Drops some easy passes due to a lack of focus; also tends to attempt body catches.
•    Generally isn’t asked to run too many shorter routes, operates in intermediate/deep.
•    Production may have been somewhat constrained by questionable playcalling.
•    Gives effort but doesn’t offer much as a blocker due to his lack of bulk and strength.
•    Sustained a torn ACL in 2012, forcing him to redshirt; also hurt his knee in 2011.

SUMMARY:

Richardson’s torn ACL prior to the 2012 season created some concerns about whether or not he would remain a dangerous downfield option when he returned to the field in 2013, but by putting together his most successful season this year, he has assuaged any fears about how the injury would affect his speed. A receiver who understands the nuances of deep routes, Richardson’s ability to get behind defenders should go a long way towards earning him a spot on the draft’s second day, although he is a dedicated body-catcher who drops his fair share of passes as well. It’s also curious that, in a class where most receivers pad their stats by running an excessive amount of screens, Richardson hasn’t been asked to do the same. RD 3

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