Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: Paul Richardson, WR

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2014 draft.

Paul Richardson

Wide Receiver

Height: 6'1"  Weight: 175 lbs

Colorado

Strengths: Richardson has breakneck speed that can make a defender look silly in a hurry.  He also has soft hands, adjusts well to the ball in midair and is capable of making spectacular catches.  Once he has the ball in open space, he is hard to track down.  Richardson had 20 touchdowns in three seasons in Colorado and averaged 41.8 yards per score (yes, you read that correctly).

Weaknesses: He has a slight build at only 175 lbs, which means until he adds on some bulk, he could have a tough time getting off the line when jammed in the NFL and could be a liability in the run game.  He also has an injury history, as he suffered a torn ACL in practice before the 2012 campaign which caused him to miss the entire year (although he came back to have his best collegiate season the following year).  He demonstrates good hands overall, but sometimes catches the ball with his body.

Bottom Line: Richardson ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the Combine, which was good for third best among wide receivers, and he often looked like the fastest man on the field while at Colorado.  He would be a lock as a first round pick if he had a bigger frame and did not have the ACL injury in his recent past.  If he adds muscle, stays healthy and continues to work on his blocking skills, he can be scary good at the next level.

Projected Round: 2-3

Team He Fits Best On: Panthers, Redskins, Jets, Texans

Ultimate Paul Richardson Highlights | HD (via TheFootballman175)


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