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Scouting Report: Colorado WR Paul Richardson
- Updated: January 13, 2014
Name: Paul Richardson
Year: RS Junior
2010 Stats: 34 Receptions for 514 Yards (15.1 Avg), 6 TDs.
2011 Stats: 39 Receptions for 555 Yards (14.2 Avg), 5 TDs.
2013 Stats (9 Games): 60 Receptions for 1061 Yards (17.6 Avg), 10 TDs.
Paul Richardson, who came out of high school as a 4-Star Recruit, has become a big offensive threat for Colorado, especially this year. He has rebounded with strong performances from a Torn ACL that kept him out all of last year. He will most likely break Colorado’s season records for receiving yards and TD catches. There is very little film of him, and even less information about his reputation. However, he may be a high pick in the upcoming draft.
Physical Tools: Richardson has okay size for a Wide Receiver. His height is decent, but his weight is somewhat concerning at just 170 pounds. He will most likely need to put on some weight while keeping his speed up at the next level, because, as of now with his health issues, he could very well be seen as frail by scouts. The good news for the wideout is that he is pretty quick, as well as fast. Grade: B
Intangibles/Work Ethic/Miscellaneous: There really isn’t much out there on Paul Richardson as a person, other than he is hungry, and he is a competitor. Just an okay run blocker when compared to most other wide receivers, maybe a little better. While he certainly has the speed to return kicks, his limited moveset, mediocre ball carrier vision, and lack of experience with it will probably keep him from doing it at the next level. Grade: C+
Route Running: Richardson is definitely a deep threat and can make big plays if given space. While it didn’t look like he ran too many different routes or created much space in and out of his breaks, he does an above average job of finding soft spots in zone coverage. Based on his size and speed, he should be able to make better cuts that he displayed. His fakes are good, but his most used tool to create space is his speed. Grade: B-
Catching: Doesn’t make a lot of the tough catches in traffic, but he sometimes he’s able to adjust remarkably to a not-so-great throw and come down with it and did so against Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Always has his hands outstretched to make the catch rather than being a body-catcher. He seems to have mental lapses where he either doesn’t look the ball in or he loses focus as he’s bringing in the ball. Grade: C+
Release: This is where Richardson does his best at creating space. He can quickly get great positioning on the corner matching up against him if they don’t do a really good job at jamming him. Grade: A-
Durability: In 2011, Richardson sat out 4 games because of a sprained knee. During spring training for the next season, he tore his ACL and had to sit out the whole of 2012. Even though he has not missed a game in 2013 so far, he hasn’t been entirely healthy. Grade: C-
Overall: It’s hard to accurately grade Paul Richardson with how little film there is of him, so I will admit, it’s hard to get a read on just who he is. That being said, from what I saw, Richardson is a somewhat inconsistent receiver who will need development time in the NFL, but could eventually be a starter, or at least a downfield threat. That being said, going back to school could help him a lot. Grade: 3rd – 4th Rounder