Pick #45, 2nd Round: WR Paul Richardson, Colorado

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  • I think this is a great pick. Blazing fast, runs good routes, great hands (3 drops?), plays bigger than his size, makes the catch in traffic, produced with two average (let's face it, bad) QBs throwing his way on a team that had no other REAL offensive threats. When he put it into high gear, no one covering could keep up with him.

    The kid is well spoken, was a captain and has a great work ethic from what I've read of him. Crazy to think one year ago he was rehabbing from an ACL tear and now he is getting electronically timed at 4.28. If the 4.28 time was posted under an official setting, it would be tied for the 4th fastest 40 time since 2000 (when laser/electronic timing was implemented).

    BPR needs to add some weight to his frame, obviously, but he has the potential to be a stud. Combine him with Percy, ADB, Kearse and Rice and we've got a hell of a WR corps - all with very good and diverse skill sets.
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  • This guy is really fast and his route running is quite impressive.
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  • This is a comment from SI in their grade of the Hawks draft:
    "However, getting Colorado speed receiver Paul Richardson, also in the second round, could be a major steal."
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  • I love the crying over his height/small hands... and it seems some of these people are the same ones that cry about Golden Tate.

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  • WorcesterHawks wrote:Just to expand on my rapidly merging opinions on this pick...

    Like: Team captain, SPEED, separation, fuidity

    Concerns: Slight build, doesn't return punts, small hands, injury history

    Key point: His separation is a strength and is something our WRs tend to lack, this should be a boon for us in deep and intermediate passes. HOWEVER many of our passes seem to be intended for WR to contest them and come down with them, leaning less on separation and more on fighting for the ball. Whether this was due to playing to our WRs strengths or a settled gameplan remains to be seen, but it could have a real impact on how well Richardson plays for us, particularly as a rookie.


    That's a really good analysis, but I'll add a few of my own:

    Strength: Supposedly a savvy route runner, and with his speed and explosiveness, that could make for a deadly combination..

    Weakness: Given his slight build, he's probably not a devastating blocker, something that could limit his PT in a run first offense like ours.

    Strength: Rebounded well from his knee injury.

    Weakness: The injury occurred in non contact drills, and he was out for an entire season. The prior season, he missed 4 games due to injuries.

    Strength: Can make spectacular, highlight reel catches.

    Weakness: Struggles at time with the easy catches.
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  • RiverDog wrote:
    WorcesterHawks wrote:Just to expand on my rapidly merging opinions on this pick...

    Like: Team captain, SPEED, separation, fuidity

    Concerns: Slight build, doesn't return punts, small hands, injury history

    Key point: His separation is a strength and is something our WRs tend to lack, this should be a boon for us in deep and intermediate passes. HOWEVER many of our passes seem to be intended for WR to contest them and come down with them, leaning less on separation and more on fighting for the ball. Whether this was due to playing to our WRs strengths or a settled gameplan remains to be seen, but it could have a real impact on how well Richardson plays for us, particularly as a rookie.


    That's a really good analysis, but I'll add a few of my own:

    Strength: Supposedly a savvy route runner, and with his speed and explosiveness, that could make for a deadly combination..

    Weakness: Given his slight build, he's probably not a devastating blocker, something that could limit his PT in a run first offense like ours.

    Strength: Rebounded well from his knee injury.

    Weakness: The injury occurred in non contact drills, and he was out for an entire season. The prior season, he missed 4 games due to injuries.

    Strength: Can make spectacular, highlight reel catches.

    Weakness: Struggles at time with the easy catches.


    still don't get this one. straight off his pre-draft analysis.

    3 drops
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  • I can't wait to see this kid in action on the field!
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  • Smellyman wrote:still don't get this one. straight off his pre-draft analysis.

    3 drops


    That is weird to me, don't know if they mean 3 drops just last season or 3 in his entire collegiate career? Just by watching a little bit of his film I could find, there were definitely some balls that got away that I thought he should've caught. I wouldn't say he struggles, but just there were a few that got away and it definitely seemed like more than 3. Vividly remember 2 in his vs. Oregon game that he couldn't pull in.

    Still love the pick.
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  • Richardson said that he did work with returning with Colorado's coaches and was looking forward to getting a chance to return.

    I think, as long as he can field the ball cleanly, he'll be our guy at PR. If he gets even a slight hole, he's gone because his straight-line speed is ridiculous.
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  • Smelly McUgly wrote:Richardson said that he did work with returning with Colorado's coaches and was looking forward to getting a chance to return.

    I think, as long as he can field the ball cleanly, he'll be our guy at PR. If he gets even a slight hole, he's gone because his straight-line speed is ridiculous.


    This is pure speculation, but I think the Colorado coaches probably didn't want their offensive MVP at the risk of getting injured in the return game.
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  • I'm really looking forward to seeing this guys speed in training camp and preseason. Once he starts getting behind defenses he'll be one of the WRs other teams fear. I really like the fluidity he has in his routes. It's not fair to compare, but he looks a lot like Desean Jackson.
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  • JGfromtheNW wrote:
    Smelly McUgly wrote:Richardson said that he did work with returning with Colorado's coaches and was looking forward to getting a chance to return.

    I think, as long as he can field the ball cleanly, he'll be our guy at PR. If he gets even a slight hole, he's gone because his straight-line speed is ridiculous.


    This is pure speculation, but I think the Colorado coaches probably didn't want their offensive MVP at the risk of getting injured in the return game.


    I think Richardson said that as well, or other media people are speculating that. He's also bulking up to 190, I'm not too worried about him frame after hearing that from him.
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  • If he want's to improve the drop ratio there is always Lasik :)

    I think he will be fine, Wilson need to throw his receivers open more as well, I think we will start seeing that part of his game begin to develop when he starts to trust his line more.
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  • I've followed Paul Richardson since he was a Frosh player.

    Back Story:

    Richardson along with Shaquille Richardson and Josh Shirley were all UCLA commits. They got in trouble and Rick Neuheisel booted them.

    Shaquille went to Arizona. Shirley went to UW and Paul got the short end of the stick by going to Colorado. This kid would have been a superstar had he stayed at UCLA. That video of PRich scoring a 75yrd TD was against the same Shaq Richardson that was his former UCLA teammate.

    Coming out of HS he was the better WR prospect. USC was recruiting Marquis Lee as a potential Safety. Richardson was the guy along with Robert Woods at WR.

    This is a great pic. There are other WR that are larger but I haven't seen any that combine the speed at all gears, hands (concentration) and route running and YAC ability of PRich.

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  • My take on this pick is that it's not really a surprise at all once you think about it. And the reason is I think PC loves a big tall physical reciever as much as the next guy. Remember early on, he brought in Big Mike, went after VJack and B. Marshall and then got Rice. But what he wants the most is a playmaker and a playmaker with those big, tall physical attributes are called top 10 picks. We didn't have that, so he goes for a potential playmaker that gets passed on because of size, health or character risks. Simple as that imo, could have played it safe and maybe got solid or take a risk and potentially get a gamechanger.
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  • Pandion Haliaetus wrote:I love the crying over his height/small hands... and it seems some of these people are the same ones that cry about Golden Tate.

    Tate:
    5'10
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    30.5 in Arms
    9 1/4 in Hands

    Richardson:
    6'0
    38 in Vert
    32.5 in Arms
    8 7/8 in Hands


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  • What is different between Paul Richardson and Deon Butler? They seem very similar to me.
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  • Butler was like 5-10 tops. Richardson is 6ft and faster.
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  • Blitzer88 wrote:Yeah, not sure a out this one. Plenty of other good WRs left on the board. All I see with this guy is speed. Most of the scouting reports I have read says he has very average hands.

    DeSean Jackson has below-average hands. Just sayin'.
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  • Missing_Clink wrote:What is different between Paul Richardson and Deon Butler? They seem very similar to me.


    Paul Richardson is faster, a better route runner, and gets a better release off the line than Deon Butler, IMO, to the point that he is significantly better.
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  • For anybody not happy about getting another short speedster type, think about our offence if (probably when) Percy goes down again. Basically would've had the same WR's as last year, less Tate, plus Norwood. That is not an improvement at alll from what could've been one our weaker position groups. Richardson brings great insurance for Percy, and if they're both healthy, our offence can be that much more dynamic than last year. Love it
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  • 6ft isn't short.
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  • It is in comparison to a 6'4" red zone guy
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  • Comparing Richardson to Butler is pointless. Butler was never a fit for an offense that struggled to throw the ball deep. Butler had no future as a punt returner.

    I'm not predicting Richardson will be awesome, but he does fit our current big play offense, and he does fill an immediate need as punt returner. I would suspect that our 4 WR sets will be very difficult for defenses to choose who to single cover.
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  • Scottemojo wrote:I would suspect that our 4 WR sets will be very difficult for defenses to choose who to single cover.

    For the one time we roll out four WRs each game, yes; I agree.
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  • 12thManNorth wrote:It is in comparison to a 6'4" red zone guy


    The 6'4" red zone guy will be Sidney Rice for another season, IF he can come back from his latest knee injury.

    Richardson give the Hawks another dynamic weapon on offense and much needed insurance for Harvin. Percy came up huge in the Super Bowl but he only played 68 snaps all year. If Harvin is healthy next season then he should lead the Hawks in receiving, and most likely touchdowns and earn a trip to the pro-bowl. We're all hoping for that to happen but hope is not a strategy and after last season it would be extremely unwise to count on it.

    The leading receiver last year, Golden Tate, is gone and the second leading receiver, Doug Baldwin, is only under contract for one more season. Both those guys are shorter than Paul Richardson.
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  • I was a bit confused when I first heard his name called, but the more I think about it, the happier I am. He adds another element to our offense that was missing. Much like Harvin stretches the defense from sideline to sideline, Richardson has the potential to stress the defense vertically. If Harvin is running a short crossing route and Richardson is going deep, who do you go after? That is ignoring the impact Lynch has too. I'm excited.
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  • Butler isn't similar enough to Richardson to warrant a comparison.

    That said, everyone saying Richardson was the faster of the two is in error. Butler had an official 4.31. Richardson had an official 4.33. Butler may not have been a good NFL prospect, but he was fast.
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  • kearly wrote:Butler isn't similar enough to Richardson to warrant a comparison.

    That said, everyone saying Richardson was the faster of the two is in error. Butler had an official 4.31. Richardson had an official 4.33. Butler may not have been a good NFL prospect, but he was fast.


    I think some of the confusion may be between some people referring to 40 time and some actually game speed. While Butler ran a faster official 40 in shorts, on a track, he never really played anywhere near his 40 time on the field. Where from what I have seen, and what a lot of others are seeing as well, Richardson plays much closer to his 40 time on the field. So in that sense Richardson "is faster"...

    Of course that's pretty subjective and maybe impossible to prove but I think you'd agree if people worded it like that. Don't you think Richardson's game speed is faster than Butlers ever was?
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  • Everyone keeps forgetting that we also signed the 6'5" 218# Chris Mathews from the CFL. He caught 95 passes for 1,330 yards and 8 TDs.

    I was "who?" when they drafted PR but then again, so was everyone else. I wanted to see DL or OL but now that I've learned a little more about this guy, I'm starting to warm up to him.

    Not sure where the "drops" rumor originated from but JS said 183 targets, 4 drops. I might be of a couple of targets off can't remember verbatim, but that's pretty damn good.

    Another thing John brought up was that they looked at a list of WR in the NFL under 180# and it was quite a list.
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  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    Scottemojo wrote:I would suspect that our 4 WR sets will be very difficult for defenses to choose who to single cover.

    For the one time we roll out four WRs each game, yes; I agree.


    Yes...but when we do, the Defense will know that they are in "deep sh*t"!!
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  • Do you guys think Richardson might have had something to do with the Seahawks not showing any interest in DeSean Jackson?
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  • Found this quote by Daniel Jeremiah on March 28 about Paul Richardson

    "Paul Richardson from Colorado is one of the most explosive players in the draft -- don't be surprised if San Francisco snatches him up in the first round."


    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200000 ... a-good-fit

    And another one "Paul Richardson visits the 49ers" Great video on this page about his receiving skills.

    Take that 9ers!

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  • Ziggyy108 wrote:Do you guys think Richardson might have had something to do with the Seahawks not showing any interest in DeSean Jackson?

    Look no further than DJack's salary to know why we had no interest. Or the Philly/Hawks game a couple years back where Jackson quit on routes the whole night long.
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  • naholmes wrote:
    12thManNorth wrote:It is in comparison to a 6'4" red zone guy


    The 6'4" red zone guy will be Sidney Rice for another season, IF he can come back from his latest knee injury.

    Richardson give the Hawks another dynamic weapon on offense and much needed insurance for Harvin. Percy came up huge in the Super Bowl but he only played 68 snaps all year. If Harvin is healthy next season then he should lead the Hawks in receiving, and most likely touchdowns and earn a trip to the pro-bowl. We're all hoping for that to happen but hope is not a strategy and after last season it would be extremely unwise to count on it.

    The leading receiver last year, Golden Tate, is gone and the second leading receiver, Doug Baldwin, is only under contract for one more season. Both those guys are shorter than Paul Richardson.


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  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    Blitzer88 wrote:Yeah, not sure a out this one. Plenty of other good WRs left on the board. All I see with this guy is speed. Most of the scouting reports I have read says he has very average hands.

    DeSean Jackson has below-average hands. Just sayin'.


    DeSean Jackson had the 3rd lowest dropped passes rate in 2012 with 2.13% - meaning he had the third-best hands in the NFL:
    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2 ... receivers/

    In 2013, his dropped passes rate went up slightly to 2.4%, putting him in the top 10 again.

    Just sayin'...
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  • Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre talks to "Wyman, Mike and Moore" about the Seahawks' top draft pick Paul Richardson, who played for him as in a Buffaloes uniform.


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